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Caretaker manager Anthony Deer is delighted with the attitude of the Herne Bay players

By Cameron Hogwood

Anthony Deer has applauded the attitude of Herne Bay’s players after they made it successive league wins by beating Faversham 3-1 on Saturday.

Deer took charge for the second game since the resignation of co-managers John Embery and Jermaine Darlington at the end of last month.

A strong second half display saw Bay recover from going down to 10 men to out-fight their local rivals.

Herne Bay caretaker manager Anthony Deer
Herne Bay caretaker manager Anthony Deer

Deer said: “It was good, since all the trouble has begun and John and Jermaine leaving they have responded well.

“We started slowly but got into the game quite well, we found it a little difficult with 10 men but the lads dug deep. I think it’s business as normal, they’re professional in their own right.

“I wouldn’t expect anything less from them and would expect them to play the same way as they would with John and Jermaine still here.”

Bay will now have to fare without Ronald Sobowale for a short period on the back of his dismissal four minutes into the second half . The striker’s goal at the weekend improved his record to six goals in his last eight league outings.

“It was a red card,” admitted Deer. “He’s kicked out and got himself sent off, he apologised to the lads afterwards though and he’s a young lad so he’ll learn from it.

“I think he’s disappointed because he’s been on a great scoring run, he’s been a handful but he’ll now realise while being away how big an impact he has on the team.

“We’ve still got some young players in the squad to come in, against Whyteleafe we had a midfield with an average age of 18 so the future is bright.

“It gives others and those in the under-23s an opportunity.”

One of those to do that has been Tahjae Anderson, who has started seven consecutive games after being called up from the under-23s for the 5-1 win over Three Bridges, in which he scored a hat-trick.

Deer said: “He has his hot and cold moments but he’s realised, like the rest of the squad actually, that if people are willing to work hard that quality will come out.”

While pleased with a bright start to his second temporary spell at the helm, Deer doesn’t envision a full-time managerial job at the moment.

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