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Ardley: Dowson deserves praise

Boss has big respect for Woking boss

5 December 2020

Neal Ardley has praised his Woking counterpart Alan Dowson for the job he’s done in the Cards’ hotseat.

Dowson, who’s been in charge of the Surrey side since 2018, will arrive at Meadow Lane with hopes of leapfrogging us in the table having won two of his last three games.

And our own boss has huge respect for what Dowson has achieved in his role.

“Dows has does an unbelievable job,” said Ardley. “They haven’t got a huge budget but they give really tough games to everyone they play.

“The fact they’re up there is no fluke. They’re very high energy and you need to match how hard they’re going to work in the game.

“They’re all on the same page, they’re very good at picking up second balls, they break quickly – but probably their biggest threat is set pieces, and that’s not to be sniffed at because you have to work very hard to be good at them.

“Even it it’s from the halfway line they’ll put a lot of people into the box and take it as a chance to get the ball into a dangerous area.

“Long throws, corners – they’ve got lots of different routines and are very aggressive.

“It’s going to be a really tough game – they’re not going to give us an inch between the boxes in open play and they’re very good in both penalty areas, which is why they’re higher than their budget would suggest and why their manager needs a lot of praise.”

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