Shaw admits performance was poor, but result was key

Worksop Town manager, Mark Shaw.
Worksop Town manager, Mark Shaw.

Mark Shaw said his side were poor today, as they squeezed past NCEL Premier bottom side Nostell Miners Welfare at Sandy Lane.

The 1-0 scoreline looked in danger in the closing minutes, as the visitors were perhaps a little unlucky not to equalise.

Worksop’s manager wasn’t impressed with what he saw from his men, but insisted the result was all important as he attempts to guide Tigers to a winning end to the season.

“Laboured is an understatement, I thought we were poor,” he said.

“From our point of view we weren’t very good.

“I don’t think the pitch helped, it was a bit bobbly but if Dre scores after 10 minutes then it might have been a different story, they might have crumbled. Bit disappointed with the performance. At this stage of the season it’s not all about performances though, it’s all about results. The positives are that we’ve gone and won again and that’s all I’m after at the minute.”

The plus points were the club’s first clean sheet since January, and a reasonably assured afternoon for the back four.

Shaw said: “We were comfortable throughout the game.

“Towards the end it gets a bit twitchy and nervous, but Jon Kennedy has probably only had to make two saves all game.

“We’ve had bits and pieces throughout. Just happy to get it out of the way.”

Earlier this week Shaw said he wanted 18 points from the remaining six games, and today’s result kept Worksop on track.

They’ve now won three games on the trot, and avoided defeat in five outings.

“Three points towards the target,” said Shaw, ahead of a week that will see Tigers face Liversedge on Thursday and Cleethorpes next Saturday.

“The players understand what the idea is and how we can get rolling for next year.

“We’ll have a tough week, two games in three days.

“We have to fire on all cylinders, we’ll need the squad for sure.

“We have players on the bench and on the pitch who aren’t fully fit.

“We’re a patched up job at the moment, so it’s hard to guess what kind of performance you’re going to get if people can’t function properly.”