Neal Ardley was delighted with how the players carried out his instructions during our win against Maidenhead United on Boxing Day.
With injuries mounting up over the festive period, a 3-0 victory was the perfect tonic, with Kyle Wootton, Sam Osborne and Kristian Dennis all on target.
And the boss was impressed with the manner in which the squad handled Maidenhead, who boasted the third best away record in the division ahead of kick-off.
“Some people expected us to win but I had a feeling it would be tough and got that across to the boys,” explained Ardley.
“We had to do fitness tests this morning, so I didn’t know the team until midday.
“We’d done our homework but hadn’t been able to train it due to injuries, so we gave the boys information this afternoon and their execution was great.
“We did really well at getting the ball into spaces behind them and did loads of good stuff in the first half, before seeing it out in the second.
“We’re doing a lot of things right consistently and we just need to try and keep it going.”
Goal-scorer Osborne pleased the boss, who felt the winger’s display was the best he’s seen from him.
“That was his most complete performance,” Ardley said.
“He didn’t turn the ball over in midfield areas, showed awareness, had a threat to him and chose the right pass and cross a lot of the time when he got into good areas.
“He scored a great goal as well so I’m delighted for him.
“The same goes for Denno. It’s tough to choose between our forwards because they’re all doing so well.”
We’re back in action at Solihull Moors on Saturday, and Ardley says rotation is a necessity with less than 48 hours of recovery time.
“We’ve tried to think ahead and hopefully one or two can go back out but there’ll be some fresh faces,” he added.
“We had to pick the right team for this game and now we have to do the same for Solihull.”
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