Town win at last but face long road to recovery

NEW STRIKER -- Karl Demidh has signed from Grantham Town
NEW STRIKER -- Karl Demidh has signed from Grantham Town

HUCKNALL Town joint-manager Ian Robinson says the Yellows’ first win in 11 games has provided the perfect tonic ahead of the busy festive period.

The 4-2 victory at Market Drayton Town on Saturday was the first under Robinson and Gary Sucharewycz’s tutelage and cut the points deficit at the bottom of the table to just five.

And Robinson says the win had been on the cards given recent displays.

“Gary and I felt the win was coming based on what we’d seen in recent weeks and we played very well,” he said.

“We started off with a 4-3-3 formation but that proved problematic early on as their full backs were getting forward too much, so we switched to a 4-4-2 to counteract it and from then on looked far more solid.

“I felt we showed lots of quality and created a good number of chances too.”

Robinson also praised the latest additions to the Yellows’ squad, veteran midfielder Emeka Nwadike and young striker Karl Demidh, who impressed on their respective debuts.

Robinson added: “The new boys did a great job. Macca (Nwadike) has lots of experience at this kind of level which goes along with what we felt was needed here to complement the younger players.

“I’ve played with him at other clubs so know exactly what he can offer and he will be valuable to us. We need players like him in midfield to stop teams playing through us.

“Karl looked lively and impressive and gives us another option up front.”

The addition of Nwadike and Demidh to the Yellows staff continues the high turnover of players since previous manager Brett Marshall left, with seven of Saturday’s starting line-up having been recruited by the new management team.

And Robinson now believes the squad is starting to take the desired form.

He said: “Considering the budget we’ve got we’re really pleased with the kinds of players we have brought in.

“It was important to get some experience into the side and we’ve done that with the likes of Tris Whitman, Emeka Nwadike and Alistair Asher, who have all had to compete in a few relegation dogfights in their time.

“But at the same time we’re trying to bring on the younger players.

“What the new arrivals have also done is encourage a number of those players we inherited to step up their game as they aim to keep a place in the team.

“Players like Warren Hatfield and Rob Austin have come on really well and Alton Rennalls was superb on Saturday, although he’s now suspended for three games unfortunately.

“It’s not always easy because sometimes work commitments and things like that can make players unavailable and when you haven’t got a huge squad to start with it means resources can be stretched a little, but the players are training well and performing at a good tempo.”

Attention now turns to this weekend’s tough trip to King’s Lynn Town, with the Norfolk side currently third in the league and having already beaten Hucknall once this season.

But with that vital first win under the Yellows’ belts, Robinson believes the squad will have little fear as they head to East Anglia to face a side who regularly attract gates of over 500.

He said: “The win was huge and puts a whole new perspective on the upcoming matches now that monkey is off our back.

“There’s never been an issue with the players’ desire as from day one they’ve been excellent, we’ve just had a bit of bad luck and to be fair have had some world class goals scored against us as well.

“We’ve got several different styles and formations we can call on if needs be, as was the case on Saturday, although ideally we’d like to slip into a more settled style of play if we can.

“But the whole team has been lifted by that first win and we’ll go to King’s Lynn full of belief.”

A coach will leave Watnall Road at 10.30am on Saturday with seats available for supporters costing £15. Contact Bob Scotney on 07825 668036 to book.