Words: Devon Cash
Kyle Jordan was very pleased with the Tigers’ showing as they completed a league double against Chasetown, winning 2-0 at the Scholars Ground.
After combating through a first half which was controlled by the home side, Worksop hit Chasetown with two second-half goals from Aaron Sennett-Neilson and Craig Mitchell in order to put an end to four straight defeats.
“Quality-wise, I didn’t think that we were all that brilliant,” stated Jordan, “but that is what it is like sometimes at this level.
“I said to the boys before the game that it could potentially be the last game of the season and they do not want to be remembered through the summer for losing their last five games.
“There were some good performances quality-wise, don’t get me wrong, but I was really impressed with them [Chasetown]. They started really well and have had some good results since the new management team have come in, who have done a good job to steer them away from looking at any sort of danger of going down. They were brilliant in the first half, they moved the ball around very well like a top five team, almost.
“Dave Reay has made some big saves at some important times and our battling qualities all over the pitch were outstanding.
“We have had two chances in the second half and we have won the game, which is probably the perfect away performance.
“I’m not sure what has changed from Saturday, sometimes the easiest team talks to give are the ones after such a poor performance, as they have their own pride at stake.
“It is important that you go and rectify the wrongs from the previous week.
“I am delighted with the result, delighted with the performance, but more importantly I am delighted with the reaction after the last few weeks.”
Jordan made four changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Sheffield FC last weekend, and those changes paid off, as the manager praised their efforts and work-rate after waiting on the sidelines for a while.
Jordan continued: “Young Aaron Sennett-Neilson has come on and was outstanding and did everything we have asked him to do. He scored the goal; he was brave enough to get on the ball and he is obviously so young.
“We have given a couple of people chances to come back into the team. Connor Brunt was outstanding at both ends, his hold up play was good, he won his fair share of headers and then cleared one off the line to make sure were not uncomfortable at the end, and he has absolutely worked his socks off.
“Mitch [Craig Mitchell] has come back into the team, he didn’t have a lot to feed off, but was in the right place at the right time to stick the ball into the back of the net.
“Steven McDonnell has worked tirelessly and has ended the game at right-back, which is not his natural position, but with the injury to Rhodes and with their winger looking lively, we wanted to match him pace-wise.”
“There were some great performances in there, but it was more about the team as a whole with the battling side to us today, and I feel they have deserved what they got out of the game today.”