HAT-TRICK hero Louis Briscoe feels he is repaying manager Duncan Russell’s faith in him after his three goals last night earned a 3-2 win at Histon and took his season’s tally to 15.
“Last year I wasn’t getting the minutes on the park,” he said as he had post-match stitches in a head wound.
“If I was having a poor game I was dragged off after 50/55 minutes. But now I am getting longer on the pitch as the gaffer thinks I have a goal in me and that is definitely part of it.
“I am looking after myself a lot better, I am not out and about as much an feel more settled at home. I think that is showing on the pitch.
“I scored a hat-trick with Gresley Rovers but this was my first full time professional hat-trick.
“I have 15 now so 20 is the next milestone to go for which would be brilliant from midfield.”
He added: We started all right and got the penalty when they had a man sent off which I should have put away.
“After that I think we panicked a bit when we shouldn’t have done and conceded two silly, sloppy goals.
“We got a rollicking at half-time and showed great character to come back and worked as a team, which we needed to, to get the result.
“It shouldn’t have taken that to get us going. Maybe we had a bit of a hangover from the weekend’s result. But we have to forget that now and wait until the event.”
Boss Duncan Russell said: “I can’t tell you what I said at half-time as it contains too many expletives.
“But we have got to learn to start right and it shouldn’t take me having a right go at them to get a response.
“These players have been with me long enough to know I won’t accept a performance like the first half and knew they were in for it at half-time. Thankfully we came back with Louis’ hat-trick.
“I didn’t say anything, but I was worried earlier, going to those surroundings after Saturday. You see it so many times. It happened to Crawley after their efforts at Manchester United.
“There was a lethargy about them and I didn’t like the vibe at all on the bus. It is unlike me to feel negative but I had this feeling we would go a goal down.
“If we had got the first goal I had no doubt we would go on and win the game. I told them to start brightly but they didn’t. We got the three points tonight and now need to kick on as, if we do that against Kidderminster on Saturday, we will get punished.”
On Briscoe, he added: “For a winger to score that amount of goals is pretty special and I think there is still more to come.
“No disrespect to my predecessor but I always feel Louis might pop up and score goals and in the past he has been taken off. Louis felt he wasn’t being given enough minutes on the pitch.
“We had one ‘altercation’ where I left him out when he felt he was doing all right and came to see me. I told him I wanted a response and he would have to wait his turn and then show me what he could do. He has now done that.
“I know teams are watching him, I know of a couple of teams in our league, but Louis is going nowhere.”