Kevin Blackwell’s thoughts on the 3-0 win over Accrington StanleySpeaking to Shakers Player following the Accrington win, manager Kevin Blackwell spoke of his pleasure of the result but was obviously not happy with the performance, though accepts this his side is still evolving as the season moves on.
‘There was a little bit of anxiety about the place before the game, which was our worst performance but our best result. That is all down to the fact that the players felt they deserved better results from our first couple of games, it hadn’t come and there was a little apprehension about. I’ve said to the lads that when we got the ball down and moved it, we looked decent. Adam Lockwood came in and did a good job and clearly Danny Webber getting sent off helped, but it’s always tough against ten men and we all know that.
That was the first time that Anton Forrester and Ashley Grimes have played together, it’s the first time that Andy Procter and Jordan Sinnott have played together, it’s the first time that Richard Hinds and Adam Lockwood have played together – that’s right through the middle of the pitch – so there was apprehension there, the positives are that it’s another game under our belt. We needed six to eight games over pre-season but only had three.
This is still a learning curve and I am still not sure how they are going to respond, and on Saturday I learnt a bit more about the lads. I know that they are honest, they keep going, they care, they want to do well but they mustn’t let that affect how they play. We were trying to force too many passes when a little short one would suffice. It’s a learning curve and I am really pleased with the application, the attitude and that result for me has been coming.
I mentioned a lot last year about the two boxes, and so wanted this clean sheet. Anton Forrester had a fantastic game for his league debut. He led the line and was a real handful. Jordan Sinnott grew as the game went on and there is no doubt that he can see a pass. He is learning that Under 21 football does not get you ready for league football. The pace of the game compared to what he has been playing is fierce.
Marlon Jackson came off the bench and took his goal with real style. That’s what we have been talking about with the development players. We’ve been working hard on him on the training ground, but how he took his goal was fantastic
Both boxes is the key to success and we’ve got that first clean sheet. Rob Lainton had one really good save to make. We’ve been defending well as a unit in all the games. The goalkeeper at this club at the moment needs a great concentration level and that’s something that Rob Lainton is learning. He has to learn that even if he is not in the game for 20 or 30 minutes that he has to do something eventually. That’s an element of the experience that he will learn from. This was only his fourth professional game.
The whole development of the club is exciting at the moment, from the press room through to the new kit, it’s all evolving. It’s an evolving process of the football club both on and off the pitch.
Danny Mayor and Aidan Chippendale were both out for a week with gastroenteritis. I had to ask Danny if he could handle going on the bench, because the tempo of the game can be debilitating if you’re not fully up there. Danny has quality; he has lovely feet and can pick a pass out all over the pitch.
There are a lot of positives to take from the game, first win, first clean sheet and first goals for players. These lads are desperate to do well for the chairman for the way the club has turned on its head and for the support from the fans. The fans have been unbelievable, not just at games. The number of season tickets they have bought. We are already taking seven or eight coaches to Norwich – they only went on Sale on Friday. We will take a great convoy down to Norwich on a Tuesday night. That’s the belief that is coming around the club, now we have to try and keep that going and keep the pressure on, but it’s an enjoyable pressure.’
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