Sol Campbell was impressed with the side’s performance on Saturday, as we beat Crawley Town 2-0 at the Moss Rose; but insisted that the team will continue to improve as they become increasingly acclimatised to his methods.
The Manager praised the attitude and commitment from the players as we made it three wins from four in the Sky Bet League Two -
“I think for us we had a good attitude; the weather obviously wasn’t the best and we had to really make sure that we made the right pass, be careful with knockdowns and really keep the ball moving, not too much in the air.
“We had to really watch ourselves because you just never know on these windy, wet afternoons, but the lads put in a great shift. I think for me, they have really started to respond with how I want to play.
“It was a good performance. Obviously, there were a couple of moments that where we said to ourselves: ‘We probably got away with that’, but overall, we really controlled the game.
“We need to play a little bit more in certain scenarios and that will come with confidence.”
Sol admitted that the conditions played a part in how the game developed, but he would have preferred the team to have kept the ball on the ground more - especially in the second half, as the wind took its toll on proceedings.
“Of course [the weather] is going to affect it because it’s windy, it’s rainy, it’s blowy. You have just got to get on with it though, it is the same for both teams.
“For me personally I just wish we had played a little bit more, especially second half when we were against the wind because once you kick the ball up in the air, it’s anyone’s game.
“We really needed to keep the ball on the ground a little bit more, especially when we had the moments to get our head up and play the right ball.”
The highlight from the game was undoubtedly Elliott Durrell’s stunning long-range strike and the Manager praised Durrell for taking on such an ambitious attempt.
“It was a fantastic strike, he took it early, great volley or half volley, that’s what we need, we need guys who really go for it and seize the opportunity.
“If you don’t shoot you don’t score, if you don’t buy the ticket, you don’t win the lottery. A great goal went in for us and really got us going.
“I think our performances are improving and obviously confidence is growing, but confidence takes time to harden.
“We have got enough games to go, we have just got to keep fighting. Every game is a cup final. We have just got to keep on going really.”
The second goal came courtesy of a Harry Smith header, and Sol admitted he was impressed with the goal, as well as the striker’s overall performance against The Red Devils.
“He’s worked really, really hard today. Put a fantastic shift in. Held the ball up, got us some good free kicks, just got in and around the Crawley defence and obviously got rewarded for that with a great header into the corner.
“It was a fantastic first-time reverse cross in by Rose, and it nestled into the bottom corner, that’s a great cross, great header, great goal.
“That’s the kind of football we need to play all the time.”
One thing the new man in charge has insisted will be key for the team going forward is being defensively resolute, and after keeping three clean sheets in our last four league outings, the boss has been impressed with just how quickly this has started to develop.
“We have started to be more solid at the back. We are not getting carried away, we still need to do the right things, but I think that comes with confidence.
“If you get a solid base, a solid foundation, then you can build on that.”
Sol also extended a thank you to all our loyal supporters who braved the conditions to support the team on Saturday, your support will be invaluable as we look to continue this lucrative run of form.
“It is great for all the fans to turn up because it was pretty cold out there, so it was absolutely fantastic for all the fans to be rewarded with another win”