Worksop gaffer Craig Denton reflects on a 0-0 draw away to Barton Town.
Despite chances that went begging for Worksop, Denton thought the lads fought hard today and gave us a performance to be happy with.
Dents expressed, “I think it was a scrappy game. I thought we just edged it in both halves. Macca [Steve McDonnell] was unlucky not to put the penalty away. It would’ve been nice to go into half-time 1-0 up. I thought the lads worked really hard today; we missed that little bit of quality in the final third. That’s not just the forwards but everyone. We seemed to hold onto the ball a bit too long. We should’ve passed the ball earlier than we did today and we’ve got to get our shots off when we have the chance. It should’ve been three points instead of one, but credit to Barton and credit for ourselves for digging in.”
There were two performances that stood out for Denton. Despite missing a first-half penalty, striker Steve McDonnell produced a fine display off the ball, winning the play back and putting the hosts on the back foot. The other was the great performance from Worksop keeper David Reay, who produced some unbelievable saves to keep the scoreline 0-0.
“Yeah, [McDonnell] has got loads of hunger; off the ball he worked really hard today. He did keep hold of the ball a bit too long, but we’re trying to work with him to make him a better player. In recent weeks he’s got better and the knowledge he has at this level shows. Overall, he was outstanding today, and so was Dave Reay; he produced some great saves to keep us in the game.”
Our next fixture is a crucial game “away” at Sandy Lane against Handsworth Parramore. This is one of the biggest games for Worksop fans as bragging rights and a valuable three points are on the line. Denton expressed that he will approach the game like any other fixture.
“Yeah, it’s a big game next week, but we look to take three points from every game. We want to get points for the fans, ourselves and everyone at the club. We understand it’s a local derby and bragging rights are at stake, but the most important thing is the three points and I think if we perform like we did today, with a little bit more quality in the final third, we’ll give Handsworth something to think about. We’re starting on the front foot in games and the lads are gelling together, although we have a few issues to address for next Saturday.”
Worksop full-back Michael Trench came back into the squad today, and although he didn’t come on from the bench, the addition of the left-back can only boost the squad for next week as we will need every player available to get the all-important three points. On the other hand, Trench has competition at left-back with Lee Hill coming back to Sandy Lane. The big defensive player has produced some fine performances in our previous two games, therefore it will be difficult for Trench to get a starting place next week.
Denton: “Trenchy has been away due to suspensions and going on holiday; yeah, he was on the bench today but I’m really impressed with Lee Hill as he has filled in brilliantly. Today he won every header and he gives us a fantastic balance for our left-back position. Trenchy knows the club and knows the expectation that you have to work hard to get back into the side, the same as everybody else.”
Despite the cancellation of the supporters’ bus today, the Tigers fans came out in their numbers and got behind the boys throughout the 90 minutes. It would’ve been nice to take all three points back to Sandy Lane for the travelling faithful but we haven’t lost today and Denton is confident that the Worksop fans will be happy with the fighting spirit shown today.
“The fans were terrific again today. It makes a massive difference to the players. It was nice to give the fans a fighting performance that I’m sure they were happy with.”
By Luke Atherton