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Nevison praises Curzon performance
Tuesday 21st February 2017 @ 11:08 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton ended a three game winless run with an emphatic 5-0 victory against Alfreton Town at the Tameside Stadium on Saturday.

The Nash strode to victory thanks to a Matty Warburton hat trick, and solo efforts from Ryan Hall and Niall Cummins.

Victory on Saturday has lifted Curzon to 12th in the table and nine points above the relegation zone.

Following the game, assistant manager Ian Nevison said his side ‘definitely needed’ the victory. “We didn’t play well against Bradford to be honest, and we got what we deserved” said Nevison.

“After the first 20 minutes where Kidderminster had us on the rails, we managed to get back into the game and we put in a good fist of the second-half, and today we were at it, and when we’re at it, we’re a forced to be reckoned with.

“We were carving out chance after chance, and the forwards were electric.”

The attacking threat of Warburton, Hall and Cummins has provided the Nash with some much-needed respite after a few weeks of questionable performances.

Nevison hailed the impact of the trio but highlighted the need to find a right balance between attacking and defending. He said: “Matt, to be fair, is calmness personified in front of goal, and that’s what you need.

“It was unfortunate that Matt went to Salford, but he’s come back to us and given us that reassurance upfront and because he’s so calm, can use both feet and score headers, he’s the perfect 10 really.

“He’s been similar to what Adam Morgan provided when he came in.

“It takes a lot of emphasis of Niall to score goals and Ryan Hall has just come into some great form recently.

“He’s been fantastic, found his feet, and as a three prong attack we are really, really potent.”

He continued: “We’re trying to get the balance right; obviously the league doesn’t lie at the end of the day.

“We’ve not scored enough and we’ve conceded a lot, so we’re trying to get the balance between being very tight at the back and scoring plenty of goals upfront.”

Despite sitting just two points above the relegation zone after last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Gloucester City, Nevison expects a battle at Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday. He said: “They beat us here and to be honest we weren’t at our best.

“They played a bit of football and they looked alright, but since they beat us they’ve gone on a downward turn.”

Throughout the season, Curzon have developed a bizarre trend of beating clubs which are vying for promotion, but then losing to sides who are threatened with relegation. Nevison addressed this issue and said: “I know it’s been difficult to beat teams below us and we seem to get motivated against teams above us.

“I’d love to be able to put my finger on it and change it straight away.”

With just 12 games remaining, Saturday’s fixture at Gainsborough marks the final stage of the season.

Curzon will be hoping – and potentially expecting – to better last season’s record finish of 11th spot.