Worksop Town manager Craig Denton shared his views on the 1-3 victory against Carlton Town on Saturday. His side took a two-goal lead early on, only for Carlton to pull a goal back, but Craig Mitchell finished off the game with a precise finish into the bottom corner. 

Denton firstly discussed his views on the performance. 

“We’ve had a couple of results that haven’t gone our way recently, and it’s my job to pick the lads back up and make sure that they were confident going into Saturday’s game. 

We’ve trained really well and that saw the players buzzing coming into the game. We changed the shape a little bit and I think that really suited us; Karkach was outstanding in wide areas, and again Niall Smith was awesome for us. I just feel there was a sense of belief amongst the group. There is a lot of pressure on the players playing for a football club like Worksop Town. The demands are high but we’ve certainly risen to those demands on Saturday and I’m absolutely delighted for them.” 

Denton then spoke about the contributions of one his strikers, Connor Brunt, and the resolute defending the Tigers had to do during the game. 

“[Brunt] was outstanding as he’s been a little bit hard done by in the last couple of weeks. With Mettam out injured, Connor got the opportunity to impress; I think his performance was class and he definitely took his chance.” 

Craig continued: “We went into a back three in the second half, which we thought made Matt Reay and Vank [Steve Wankiewicz] more solid. We’ve been and watched Carlton in recent weeks and we noticed they’re very strong in the attacking department, but we knew that if our centre-backs could look after Aaron Opoku up front then Ben Rhodes would come round and help them too. I thought all three were excellent today.”

Denton spoke about how much confidence the Tigers will gain from the win. 

“We have to concentrate on ourselves and we try to help the players by going to watch the teams we face beforehand and give them tips on how obtain the three points. These boys can pull their socks up, they can hold their heads up high when things aren’t going so well for us. I’m just delighted for the whole team collectively. We’ve defended well, attacked well, everyone did their own individual jobs well and once again it was outstanding.” 

Finally, Craig ended with a message to the Worksop fans.

“I say it all the time but the fans are key; they travel to away games with us and they’re that extra voice, and it’s the same at home as well. Last season we were used to winning — obviously our run of 22 victories was special — but in this league we might lose a few on the bounce, but to hear the fans still chanting the players’ names spurs you on massively. I’d like to say a massive thank you to those who travelled to Carlton and I hope to see you all at home against Belper Town next Saturday.” 

By Mitchell Radford. 

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