Havant & Waterlooville boss Gale reveals classy Benitez touch

Havant & Waterlooville boss Shaun Gale has revealed how Rafa Benitez urged him to win promotion to the Conference this season after running Liverpool so close on Saturday.

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He explained: "We both had a lot of press to do after the game and after I'd got changed, Rafa invited me into his office and we had a good chat for 10 minutes or so.

"He's a very nice guy and was really humble about everything. He said: 'At 2-1 you gave us a real scare. We knew what a decent and well-organised team you would be because we had you watched.'

"And then he said: 'Now you've got to get promoted - you have a great little team there.'

"He couldn't have been nicer and he was an absolute pleasure to speak to. I've got a lot of respect for him.

"Straight after the game, he actually knocked on our dressing room door, came in and said 'Well done, boys. You played very well' to all of the players.

"It was a nice touch and he didn't have to do that."

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