REACTION: Midfielder Jobi McAnuff reflects on the 1-0 defeat to Maidenhead United

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“Very disappointing, we never really got going. In the first half, we conceded a bad goal and we didn’t really get going. The second half was a similar pattern, we never managed to gather enough momentum to put them under enough pressure to get something from the game, so very disappointing,” the winger told

“There are ways of going about our work, obviously we lost up at Hartlepool but in parts of the game we played well. We didn’t create as many opportunities as we should but we were very much in the ascendancy. Obviously tonight was a completely different story, we didn’t deserve anything out of it. It is a reminder for everyone in there that if we’re not at it, we’ll become stuck so we need to find that consistency, if we want to be challenging next year.

“There were one or two chances that we should’ve done better with, especially on a night when we’re not performing well collectively and you may only get the one opportunity, you’ve got to put it away and its as simple as that. There’s not many positives to take out of tonight, we’ll just use it in terms of a reminder that if we’re not at it against any teams in this league it will be a tough night for us.

The 36 year old, who has captained the side on a number of occasions this season, welcomed the return of Charlie Lee to the first team squad. “It’s just great to see him back out there, he’s had a real tough season. He’s worked hard to get himself back and I know he really wanted to get back before the end of the season. 

“I think he has done very well to do that and I think tonight he has probably got a little bit longer than he had anticipated but he’ll be glad to be back out there and we are to have him back and amongst the squad, he’ll provide vital experience to the team moving forward next year. “

The veteran midfielder has provided a lot of experience on and off the field, striking up a notable relationship with Josh Koroma, and Jobi praised the number of young players who are in and around the first team, stating they’d learn a lot from Tuesday’s match.

“Yeah I would say it was a learning curve for them and all of us. It’s about dealing with games that are not so high profile, we’ve had to create the atmosphere here ourselves and we’ve got to learn that when we are a goal down at home, teams are going to sit in as they have done much of the time this season and we have got to find a way. But we have lost, and hopefully the team can take something from the game and use it to improve in future.

Reflecting on his own season, Jobi recognises the decision to return to East London was the correct one and winning the Captain’s Player of the Year award highlighted the influence he has had this campaign.

“I’ve enjoyed it and I’ve managed to play enough games this season and hopefully that has reflected in my performances. I feel good and I’m looking forward to cracking on next season in a very stable environment which we haven’t had as a Club for a number of years now and I think that will be vital for us to hit the ground running next season.

“I’m delighted to be back and I have enjoyed the experience very much this year and hope to enjoy it even more next season with a push for promotion.”