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Watson reflects on Kidderminster victory

By Dan Simmonite | 22nd February 2020

Steve Watson was thrilled with his team’s 1-0 win against Kidderminster this afternoon in the National League North.

Speaking after the game he said: “It was a tough day, they were on a good roll Kiddy were but we needed to come here and be as positive as we could be and I don’t think it was a fantastic footballing performance from us but we looked really solid. The shape was good, and the tenacity was really good and we were defensively excellent.

Dan Maguire latched onto a header back by Harriers’ Alex Penny and smashed into the corner of the goal just minutes after coming out for the second half. Then City saw the game out over 90 minutes.

Speaking on Maguire’s return Watson said: “We got a really good opportunistic goal from Dan and that will do him the world of good as well. We have got to be delighted.

“He has been very frustrated and so has everyone with his injuries and the lack of football he has played – I thought it was really important to get him involved today because we don’t know what is going to happen with Kurt (Willoughby).”

“I would have liked to have seen us a lot better with the ball which would have given Dan a lot more chances than he had.”

The manager said that he wasn’t pleased with aspects of the game, but takes an important win which keeps the pressure on at the top of the table.

“This stage of the season, not playing brilliantly and winning 1-0 I will take it all day long,” added Watson.

“Without trying to embarrass Pete I do think he is the best keeper in the League and he’s been fantastic for us this season. Not just Pete but the whole team. It was very uncharacteristic for us conceding five goals in the previous two games, so it was as important as anything to keep a clean sheet today.”

He continued, speaking on City’s outstanding defensive record this season: “Obviously our starting point is to be solid and even with the best footballing sides in the world that is their starting point.

“There was times today that be soaked up a lot of pressure but when we had the chance to have a spell on the ball or have some possession we were pretty wasteful in that respect.”

Watson used all three of his available substitutions, and one late on in the first half as Paddy McLaughlin came off with a knock – an injury the manager believes isn’t serious.

“For Paddy to put his hand up and say he can’t carry on you know there is something up. He took a pretty bad hit to the hip and obviously just didn’t get any better – with it not being a muscle injury or a pull I’m pretty hopeful Paddy will be available for next week,” said Watson.

City now go back top of the League and sit two points ahead of King’s Lynn, whose game was called off today. But Watson said the focus is on his own team in these 11 remaining League games.

He concluded: “It’s totally out of hands and it’s nice to be there but we have got to focus on ourselves and win as many games as we can. It sounds as if I am rolling out the clichés, but it really is that simple, we can only worry about what we do and approach every game like we have to win.”

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