Shaw on a ‘massive’ win and the late glut of red cards

Worksop Manager Mark Shaw ''Pic by Dan Westwell
Worksop Manager Mark Shaw ''Pic by Dan Westwell

Mark Shaw lauded a ‘massive’ win for his men tonight against a team who showed why they’re second in the NCEL Premier.

Liversedge showcased some very good football at Sandy Lane, but found themselves leaving empty handed after a 3-1 defeat.

Tigers defended stoutly and at times rode their luck, but that’s something they were due according to Shaw - particularly against this opposition.

He said: “It was massive, especially the way it was done.

“Going a goal down after three minutes, disastrous really because we worked on so much at training on Monday with regards to tempo and the way we play. To have one ball go over the top and have a late runner get in is a bit devastating. I felt for the lads because they put in so much work on Monday to get things right.

“From that point onwards we seemed to build our way into the team and we deserved our 2-1 lead at half-time, maybe deserved a little bit more.

“The second half, Charlie Dawes didn’t have the best of first halves, I said I wanted a bit more and that’s how he shuts me up, scoring a fantastic goal. He’s got that capability but we want to see it more often.

“There’s a reason why Liversedge are second, they’re a good footballing side this season but we stood really firm for a good 30 minutes. “They had their chances but didn’t take them.

“We were due a bit of luck against them, they had a double deflection at their place to win 3-2.”

The game ended with plenty of drama and controversy, Adam Scott seeing red for kicking out in anger at an opponent.

Shaw wants the player to stamp that kind of behaviour out of his game.

“I didn’t see it but I’ve been told he kicked out,” said the manager.

“That’s not good enough, he’s cost himself game time and has to cut it out of his game. He accepts that.

“He gets angry, he’s a very emotional person. He felt he was blocked off but you can’t kick out like that.”

Mitch Husbands and Liversedge player Steve Wales were also shown the red card in stoppage time for a bizarre and violent incident.

Shaw described how he saw it unfold.

“Mitch has just tried to get his body shape back, to contest for the ball and he’s got his arm round him but I don’t think he’s hit him or made major contact. The linesman nearest to us has made that decision,” he said.

“The Liversedge player, what he did wouldn’t be far out of place in a WWE match. The kid has lost his head. That’s dangerous behaviour.

“I don’t think Mitch should have gone, I think he should have had a yellow card. He had a very good game, that spoilt his night.

“Then the centre forward jumps straight into Jon Kennedy and only gets a yellow so there’s some inconsistency.

“But it was a great red card, it took away one of their best players, a superb player for them. It ruined it for them.

“Sometimes when you want your team to be that aggressive it backfires.”

Two of Worksop’s goals came from new striker Connor Brunt, following up Saturday’s home debut when he also bagged a brace.

Shaw added: “We wanted to bring a goalscoring striker to the club and that’s four goals in three games, he’s doing great.

“That’s just what we needed.”