They were, of course, nothing of the sort, even those who played two games in two days.
"It was really good because a lot of those boys played for the under-19s on Tuesday in Bristol," said Theo, still unbeaten as sole reserve team boss.
"That’s the biggest thing for me. Four or five played yesterday and they did so well to play again — you can’t look forward to playing again when you’ve just played in Bristol with all those hours in a coach."
Dave McEwen hit the crucial goal on ten minutes and the team then had to stand up to an Arsenal barrage as the neighbour sought to pull level.
"Jackson and Piercy were very good and Walks made saves when we needed him. We were a bit under the cosh, especially when Ian Hillier came off, they made it very difficult for us.
"All in all, it’s good for them to stand up against Arsenal in that manner. Arsenal had a bit more experience than we did and I’m pleased for everybody."
Late in the second half Chris Hughton came down from the directors’ box to hand on some ‘team orders’ regarding the in-form John Piercy.
"Piercy had to come off, Glenn will need him for the squad to go to Leicester. I never realised until tonight that Willem Korsten is suspended for Saturday so we’re really down to the bare bones," reflected Theo before quipping: "If you’d turned up on time you could have got a game."
Skipper Ian Hillier departed the second half with a hamstring strain after putting in another superb performance in the centre of defence — repelling everything Arsenal could muster.
"Disappointed for Hillier because he’s done so well, thank goodness he hasn’t torn it. Please god he’ll be alright for the weekend.
"It’s good, and it’s always good to be up for a game against Arsenal — as we all know."
By Richard Hubbard
Theo Foley was delighted with the character and energy showed by his team in the 1-0 win over Arsenal at the Lane — especially as some of them had good reason to be a bit ‘leggy’ and lethargic.