Words: Devon Cash
Kyle Jordan was “proud of his players” as he reshuffled the set-up of his side which inspired a 3-1 victory over Chasetown at Sandy Lane.
Worksop ended their recent rut in order to claim their first win in four games as they reverted back to a 4-4-2 set-up, handing players such as Sam Jones, Lynton Karkach and Freddy Tracey starts after waiting patiently for their chance to impress.
“I’m relieved,” said Jordan. “I’m more proud than anything.
“We obviously needed a reaction from Tuesday night and from last weekend when we weren’t good enough, but today was a massive win.
“We went back to 4-4-2 to shake it up a little bit and go back to basics – everyone knows their jobs in an old-fashioned 4-4-2.
“We have had a left-back play in central-midfield with a central-midfielder playing left-back, which we thought worked really well.
“Freddy Tracey up top was absolutely outstanding; he won his headers and held the ball up.
“Lynny [Lynton Karkach] has come in and got his goal.
“Sam Jones, the Under-21s captain, was also brilliant and is one of those players who is more than capable of playing in the first team every week; his availability at the start of the season let him down a little with work, but we understand they’re young lads.
“They have all waited for their chance and have taken it.
“Ben Rhodes was absolutely outstanding at centre-half. He won everything in the air, he is athletic and looks after himself well.
“Deegan [Atherton] as well was very good next to him, but could have possibly done better for the goal – again, though, he has been brilliant all year. He has stepped up to be captain without Patts or Vank and I thought he was brilliant. I was really proud of everyone today, we needed that result and they have got it.
“I think I would be worrying if the change in personnel didn’t spark a reaction as it would have shown that the players who haven’t been in the team weren’t bothered about potentially getting into the side, but it is obviously very refreshing to see that it isn’t the case.
“The work rate was brilliant. The pitch doesn’t facilitate attractive football and I thought it was a pretty good game of football given the conditions. It was two sides going for each other.”
Jordan also praised Steven McDonnell for his performance, as the forward netted two goals in order to help his side pull away from an early equaliser which cancelled out Lynton Karkach’s 11th minute opener.
Jordan added: “Macca has been outstanding ever since he has come back in – at times he has been head and shoulders above the others and has been our best player.
“I felt sorry for him to a degree sometimes as along with Mitch [Craig Mitchell], he has had to shoulder the responsibility.
“He has frustrated me a little bit, as he will has frustrated himself a little bit, as I think he has tried to do things himself a little bit too often because of the little support he has been receiving, but today he has been brilliant. I think those two [McDonnell and Freddy Tracey] have linked up well.
“Macca has had two chances where we needed it to go in for us at big times and he has taken them both.”