John­son’s plan changed by mi­grane

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Gulls boss Gary John­son was pre­vented from mak­ing a in­tended sub­sti­tu­tion dur­ing Sat­ur­day's FA Tro­phy win at South­ern League Bas­ingstoke Town – be­cause de­fender Jamie Sen­dles-White suf­fered a mi­graine at­tack.

John­son re­vealed: "Just be­fore Jamie was due to come on, he said he sud­denly didn't feel well and thought he had a mi­graine com­ing on. And he was right.

"It's the first time it's hap­pened to him dur­ing a game, and he was OK later, but it meant we had to stop and have a re­think."

Man­ager John­son was re­lieved to see his side, un­changed from the 4-1 NL South win over Con­cord Rangers, avoid a se­cond upset against Bas­ingstoke - Town had beaten United 3-0 in the FA Cup three years be­fore - but he gained lit­tle more sat­is­fac­tion from the win.

"We got through, and it was five good penal­ties, but af­ter that I couldn't find a lot of pos­i­tives," he said.

"The boys look a bit leggy, and we cer­tainly weren't at our usual tempo.

"Bas­ingstoke were young and en­thu­si­as­tic, and some­times you have to give credit to the op­po­si­tion, what­ever level they are, so con­grat­u­la­tions to Terry Brown [Town man­ager]."

In­stead of or­der­ing his squad in for ex­tra or even nor­mal Mon­day train­ing, John­son de­cided to go the other way.

"I gave them un­til Tues­day off, be­cause that was a group of lads that weren't quite right af­ter the last two per­for­mances,” he said.

“I told them to go away for a cou­ple of days and, hope­fully, come back fresh and rested."

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