As we’re approaching the half way point of the season, we thought it would be a good time to catch up with our first team manager…
Another big win at the weekend, how happy are you with the teams performance?
Really happy with the second half performance as that is what we are all about. We created lots of chances and it was exciting to watch. We are conceding too many goals at the moment so that is one of the areas we need to focus our intentions on this week at training. We will always take conceding 3 if we are going to score 7 and create another 5 very good chances though. It’s just how we like to play.
Harrogate are in the bottom half of the table and many people may have written them off prior to the game, why do you think it was important to not underestimate them?
We don’t underestimate any team in this league. It’s been proven that any team is capable of beating any other on their day. We try and focus on ourselves and constantly remind the players of the standards we expect. There are no easy games in this league and you have to earn every single point.
It was a record breaking league crowd with crowds seemingly rising week on week, how much of an influence do you think this was?
The crowd play a massive part and they are really appreciated by the players and management. It’s brilliant seeing so many people coming through the gates and Selby Town FC is really making a name for itself as a community club. Let’s hope crowds continue to grow and I’m sure they will, as long as we keep the performances going on the pitch. The atmosphere when there is a big crowd and the lads are performing well gives them all an extra buzz and motivation to do well.
We currently have the best attack statistically in the league with an average of 2.87 goals per game and yesterday saw five different players on the score sheet. How important is this attack mentality to your game?
That is pleasing to hear. Our game is all about how we can win games of football. We are not the type of team to sit behind the ball, defend well and try and nick a goal on the counter attack. We want to be on the front foot, get at teams and have a real go. The fact that we are creating so many chances is brilliant and everyone chipping in with goals is a real bonus. It means we are not just relying on one or two players to always score and it’s a squad game so everyone is going to play their part between now and the end of the season.
Having played just 16, the club hasn’t yet reached the halfway point of the season unlike the rest of the top four who have either reached or exceeded it. How do you feel those additional mid week games affect your plans, are they a concern or an opportunity?
When the final whistle is blown at the end of the season every team will have played the same amount of games. We have a squad we are very happy with at the moment and everyone is going to play a big part in the rest of the season. Every game is an opportunity for the players to play well, work hard and keep their shirt for the next game.
Finally, coming into the club with Assistant Manager Jonny Bruce you had a five year plan for the club, how do you feel that is going now that you’re three years in?
I’m not sure what the average attendance was when we came in but I imagine it was well below 100. To see over 300 there on Saturday and for that to be the highest ever NCEL crowd for the club outside of the groundhopper game is brilliant. We wanted to re-engage the club with the local community and I think we are doing that very well. With the unbelievable commitment and hard work by the committee and volunteers, supporters and sponsors, it’s a really positive time for the club. The club is going to be here for many years after we are gone so it’s about making sure we do our best for the time we have. The profile of the club is increasing all of the time and a lot of that is down to Dave Haddock who is doing a fantastic job.
We have a plan for the team and we will know how close we are to that come the end of the season. I know what I’d like in the centenary year for the club and will be working hard to make sure we achieve that.