Horsham manager Di Paola salutes his side's 'patience' in victory

Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola. Picture by Derek Martin
Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola. Picture by Derek Martin

Dominic Di Paola praised Horsham’s ‘patience’ in their 1-0 home win over ten-man Corinthian-Casuals in the BetVictor Premier Division on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, the Hornets took the win after substitute Harry Mills fired home from the penalty spot on 75 minutes following a foul on Rob O’Toole.

Casuals had Coskun Ekim sent off for dissent late in the game.

The victory saw the Hornets cut the gap between them and second-placed Folkestone Invicta to three points. Invicta were held to a 1-1 home draw by mid-table Haringey Borough.

A full match report from Saturday's hard-fought win can be read here.

Di Paola said: “Apart from about ten minutes in the second half they didn’t really trouble us.

“They’re a really hard team to play against. We found out when we played up there (the 2-1 victory in October).

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“They’re hard to break down and I don’t think many teams have hammered them this season, even though they’ve not had the best of seasons.

“They keep a lot of players behind the ball and it’s quite a tough thing to break down, especially in the first half.

“I spoke to my wingers at half-time and they said they were being doubled up on.

“It just takes a bit of patience. We came out in the second half and we were forcing it a little bit but we calmed back down, we controlled and we probed, and it paid off.

“I was quite happy with the win and it was a good clean sheet. We’ve picked up a lot of good clean sheets this year.”

Horsham travel to third-from-bottom Merstham in the BetVictor Premier Division on Saturday.