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Encouraging start for Dave Kevan

19 August 2019

Assistant manager Dave Kevan says he is feeling “encouraged” by the teams attitude and performances so far this season, prior to Forest Green Rovers encounter.

Speaking positively ahead of tomorrow evening’s game, Dave Kevan discussed the team’s performance against Salford City, highlighting how impressive the improvement of chance creation has been so far this campaign.

Creating more chances has been key for Kevan and manager John Askey since they took charge and Kevan has been pleased with the amount of opportunities generated this season, but made it clear that the team need to make sure they take their chances.

Getting that second goal is vital for the team Kevan said, as it will lighten the pressure on the defence, and help to prevent further disappointment as a result of late goals, another areas that needs to be worked on in what has been a strong start overall.

He said: “Three draws is not the end of the world, performance wise is always important at this stage, we know it’s a results based industry, of course it is, we’re well aware of that but generally our performance level’s been acceptable and that’s the encouraging thing.

“We are creating chances and I think that’s important, it’s important for our front players to know that there’s a service there to them and it’s just a case of being more clinical.

“It’s [the desired style of play] getting there, I think some of the new lads have probably taken a little more time, whereas the boys we had towards the end of last season, we’ve already introduced that to them.”

One of the players from last season who has shone under Askey and the new style of football has been David Worrall, who it was revealed, suffered a broken nose early on during Saturday’s game, sparking injury concerns ahead of Forest Green Rovers.

Worrall was praised by Kevan for his attitude and drive to play the whole game against Salford, before adding that Worrall is seeing a doctor to make sure, but he should be able to feature tomorrow, unlike Manny Oyeleke who is still out.

Looking ahead to the Forest Green game, Kevan said he knows it will be another difficult encounter, as they play good possession football and have started the season well, going unbeaten and sitting third from top, but there is no reason the Valiants cannot claim the points.   

He said: “Fair play to him [Worrall], he didn’t want to come off that pitch no matter how many knocks he took, so if we’ve got 11 like that, we’ve always got a chance.

“It’s [Forest Green] going to be another tough game, obviously they’re unbeaten as we stand in the league at the moment, so they’ve had a good start, but we have as well so it should be a good game.

“We just need to just be a bit more clinical at times, a bit more ruthless, as well as maintaining our discipline and focus and concentration defensively, and then I’m sure we’ll be ok.”


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