INTERVIEW | Matt Cavanagh – Hemsworth – 10/12/22

Joint manager Matt Cavanagh gave his thoughts on his sides performance in the 2-0 win over Hemsworth on Saturday.

That was a hard-fought victory on Saturday, how pleased are you with the performance?

“Yeah really pleased with Saturday’s performance, I thought the lads were outstanding and resilient in tough periods throughout the game.

They battled and controlled parts of the game which I thought was really, really good, especially on the 4G pitch. We missed the odd chance but so did they and overall it’s really pleasing to come away with three points.”

A sixth clean sheet this season, how impressed were you with the defensive unit and in particular Alex Laird who many considered MOTM on Saturday?

“Lairdy was outstanding wasn’t he? He was getting in the way of the ball, blocking when they were getting shots off in and around the box, he was vital Saturday night. It was also really important that he won his aerial duels as they were quite a big, physical side and he did that.

Overall it was a team performance, started from the front all the way back to our goalkeeper Sam who made some important saves and I thought the platform was there if we keep a clean sheet we are always dangerous in attack.”

After Sam Bradley’s goal we’ve now had 17 different scorers this season, do you like seeing everyone in the squad chipping in with goals?

“It’s only a positive really isn’t it, when you’ve got so many areas from which you can hurt teams. So yeah it’s something that we are always trying to develop, we want as many people to be as clinical and creative as they can.”

We’re now past the halfway point of the season, how happy are you with the squad’s overall performance so far?

“So far halfway through the season we’re probably a little more advanced than where we thought we would be at this stage but obviously we have a bit of a different side from when me and Luke took over.

Now, the lads have set a standard where now they’ve got to be trying to kick on and try and go a little bit further. We can only do that by keeping our standards high, turning up every week because there are no easy games at this level of football.

But yeah we keep going one game at a time and we’ll be focusing on Saturday at home to Frickley where I hope to see as many people down as we can before the festive period starts!”