McIntosh delighted with ‘big response’

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IT took some fresh blood, and some inspiration from their manager, but Tigers came roaring back from their three game winless streak last night.

Martin McIntosh told his men he expected a big response, after three defeats on the trot, and they delivered, beating Mickleover Sports 2-0 at Cannon Park.

New signing Mikel Suarez went straight into the starting 11, alongside Jamie Jackson up front.

The hosts took the lead through Luke Shiels, and doubled their lead when Jackson scored a sublime goal.

McIntosh was a much happier man after the match.

He told the Guardian: “I look at that game and I look at how many chances we created, we’ve got back to creating.”

“The new lad gave us a bit of a lift and we just needed to freshen up a bit.”

“I was looking for a big response.”

The contribution of former Boston front man Suarez was particularly pleasing for the Worksop Town boss.

Partnering Jackson, he won plenty of balls in the air, showed a deft touch and brought midfielders into the play.

McIntosh said: “He gave us that physical presence that we’ve missed in recent games. I’ve known him for a couple of years now and I know his qualities. I didn’t bring him in for his height and to just win headers, he’s a good footballer. He’s got a good touch on the ball.”

Although he only managed a cameo appearance from the bench, fellow new signing David Briggs also made his debut.

McIntosh explained why he brought the midfielder.

“I played with him for four months at Guiseley, I’ve watched him a couple of times this season for Bradford Park Avenue and he gives us that bit of steel, he’s got a good passing ability and he’s great on and off the park.”

One player returning to form in style on Wednesday night was Jackson, the little forward delighting the fans, and his manager, with a goal of real quality.

He picked the ball up on the left, danced past his markers, ghosted between two defenders and finished with aplomb.

“A lot of the goals he scores are spectacular, but he scores some now and again that I’ve never seen before, with really stunning runs and finishes,” said McIntosh.

A former centre-half himself, the boss expressed his satisfaction at the side’s clean sheet, after a number of errors in previous games had led to goals.

“They’ve made mistakes, but they’ve responded and held their hands up and we win and lose together. We don’t highlight personal errors, everyone will make them, especially defenders, but with 15 minutes to go the clean sheet was important to me.”

And with some big games, including a clash with league leaders Halifax, just around the corner, he said there may well be some more additions to the squad in the near future.

“There could be, I’m always looking, and since I’ve come in I’ve changed things quite a lot and I’m gradually getting there witht he squad,” he added.

For a full match report see this week’s Worksop Guardian.