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Back to basics defensively

McCrory says clean sheets are key

27 December 2019

Damien McCrory feels it’s important we build on the clean sheet we earned against Maidenhead on Boxing Day.

The 3-0 victory saw us avoid conceding in a league game for the first time since the end of October, a run in which we’d found wins difficult to come by.

And speaking after the Boxing Day success, the full back revealed the players discussed how we could return to the defensive form we were showing earlier in the season.

“We had meetings and chats about how we were giving ourselves mountains to climb and needed to stop conceding early,” he said.

“We have goals in us, so we knew we had to stop putting ourselves at a disadvantage from the off.

“We were conceding too often and we had to go back to basics by stopping crosses and getting tight to people.

“It seems to have worked.”

The win against Maidenhead followed up a thrilling 4-2 victory in Halifax last weekend, leaving us with maximum points from our first two games over the festive period.

McCrory thinks the results are an indicator that things are turning around again.

“After slipping off a bit, we’re now four unbeaten in the league,” he said.

“The gaffer didn’t want us to change the way we were playing because he felt it would come off in the end.

“We were still creating chances, but not taking them as often and everything seemed to be going in at the other end.

“Getting a clean sheet on Boxing Day was pleasing and the way we are trying to play came off, too, so the fans left happy.”

Four changes were made for Maidenhead’s visit and two of the players to come in were on target, Sam Osborne and Kristian Dennis.

McCrory feels that is testament to the strength in depth we have.

“There’s a lot of talent in our squad,” said the Irishman.

“People coming into the team take their chance, and you know someone will take your place if you don’t do the business – it’s up to you if you want to keep it or not.

“Players are fighting for positions and lads are unlucky to miss out on squads, so it’s up to those of us who start to put that performance in and make sure we keep the shirt for the next match.

“We’re just taking things game by game, and now we have to go to Solihull and get a result.”


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