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Chadderton manager Fish remains upbeat in the face of defeat
Tuesday 27th February 2018 @ 10:18 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Chadderton manager David Fish has reacted positively to the 3-1 defeat to Whitchurch Alport on Saturday, describing his players’ performance as excellent.

Although the loss leaves his side just seven points above the relegation zone, Fish believes his players have more than enough quality and resilience to climb up the table as the business end of the season approaches.

Fish, who took the managerial reigns following Mark Howard’s departure in October, has so far won four, drawn one and lost 11 of his 16 games in charge.

Although results haven’t been too kind to Fish, he says recent performances have been encouraging and is confident his side can continue the trend against AFC Blackpool on Saturday. Commenting on recent performances, Fish said: “I went into our last home game against St Helens Town feeling confident. The previous game against Whitchurch Alport was the best performance under my reign and in getting the nil nil draw at Nelson we had shown a different side to our game, battling hard on a poor surface to take a point.

“St Helens Town was my first game in charge. Perhaps the biggest sign of the changes there have been in the four months since that game is that there were only two players who started both games for us.

“The lads had been training well and with several additions to the squad, some new to the club and some players promoted from the EDS, there is real competition for places.

“That meant we had some tough selection decisions and it was pleasing that the players selected took their opportunity and staked a claim to keep the shirts and the players on the bench reacted positively and all contributed when they were introduced.”

After four months in charge of the club and countless hours on the training pitch perfecting situations, Fish says his side finally clicked in the 4-0 victory over St Helens Town.

He says that victory, combined with the desire shown in Saturday’s loss, has set a benchmark for the rest of the season. He added: “The energy was high from kick off and we pressed and harried all over the pitch to dominate for pretty much the whole ninety minutes.

“The catalysts for that were Jack Turnbull and Leon Iluobe up-front, whose energy meant the St Helens back four didn’t have a moments rest and allowed us to play our football high up the pitch.

“Our midfield won almost every second ball and the defence restricted St Helens to very few chances. It was also pleasing that we showed more tactical nous; whilst we played a lot of good football we also recognised when there was a need to be more direct.

Liam Eadsforth was awarded man of the match by the opposition, and with a goal and two assists it’s understandable, but I think it could have been any one of our team.”

Chadderton’s league fixture against Daisy Hill has been postponed this evening due to the snow.