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Curzon boss hopes to take strength from Salford draw into Kidderminster game
Tuesday 5th September 2017 @ 15:00 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton manager John Flanagan says his side will take strength from the 1-1 draw with Salford City into tonight’s clash at Kidderminster Harriers.

A Curzon outfit that had lost three consecutive matches and conceded 11 goals in the process will have undoubtedly welcomed Saturday’s result.

Despite the difference in league standings ahead of the game, Flanagan said he was pleased that his side were able to get something out of the game against a side which are being tipped by many pundits to claim the title. Speaking to Curzon’s media team following the draw, Flanagan said: “It was pleasing to get something out of the game, as we knew it was going to be difficult.

“They’re a very strong side, they’re full time and, man for man, they’re very good.

“I thought we equipped ourselves very well, and I thought we kept our shape and we really limited them to pretty much nothing.

“Cameron (Mason) had very little to do in terms of saves, which is credit to all the lads who worked very hard.

“I spoke to them before the game about trying to find another level of energy, and we found that, and if you’re going to play well against a good side then you need that extra 15 per cent, and I think in the main we got that today”.

“The second half was a bit backs to the wall, we struggled to retain possession over the half way line but we still got breaks and we could have won it at the end.

“Sam Madeley’s got a great chance and he’s not been able to wrap his foot around it.

“It’s a shame really, although I think it would have been a bit misleading if we had won it.

“I would have obviously enjoyed it if we did get the win, but it wouldn’t have been a true reflection, would it”.

A former Salford City and Macclesfield Town striker, Madeley signed for the Nash ahead of the game on Saturday.

Questioned on what he will bring to the side, Flanagan said: ”He’s played for a number of non-league clubs locally, and he’s quite a well-known character.

“He’s coming back from a hip operation, so he’s nowhere near full fitness, although he’s worked hard and lost quite a lot of weight recently, and he’s really got a hunger to get back in.

“Even with the lack of fitness required, he’s still got a sharpness about him, still gets in good areas as we’ve seen, and he could have been the match winner today, and he did tell me he’d score when he went on, and he had the chance but he’s just got his feet mixed up.

“He’ll bring a bit of experience, a willingness to go in behind, and a hunger for goal that I think we’ve probably not had, or we need more of.

“I think he’s a good character, and I’m really pleased to have him with us”.

Having suffered bad experiences against Kidderminster last season, Flanagan is hoping his side can learn from their previous mistakes and take advantage of Kidderminster’s slow start to the season. He said: “What we can take out of today’s game that we can hopefully carry into the Kidderminster game on Tuesday is organisation and being able to maintain that organisation for a length of time.

“We know from experience that when you put them on a good pitch they can play a bit, so I think we’ve learnt our lesson a little bit, to some degree, but it will be difficult.

“They’ve had a bit of an indifferent start; everybody expected them to be challenging up there and they’ve not got out of the blocks, so who knows, they might be a bit vulnerable and I think we’ll take strength from a decent performance today, assuming everybody has recovered”.