Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw will accept wins however they come, and having led his side to the top of the NCEL Premier, suggests supporters do the same.
The manager brought himself on as a stoppage time substitute during Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Albion Sports, due to an injury crisis in the squad.
And although he was happy with the five point cushion Tigers secured over second placed Tadcaster, he was frustrated with comments from the stands in midweek.
He said: “I’ll take results, I don’t care if we’re playing well, I don’t care if the supporters don’t like the way we’re playing.”
“It’s not about me, it’s not about them, it’s about results. While we’re in the title race it’s about backing the team doing what they’re doing.”
“I’ve warmed up and people are moaning at me, and we’re top.”
“I think we’ve played more entertaining football this year than last year, we’ve had better runs in a cup competition, we’re top of the table – I don’t know what they want.”
“We’re winning games, we’re top of the league, it’s a new thing, why aren’t we enjoying it and bringing four or five mates to the game?”
“I’m not worried about me having a heart attack, I’m worried about 200 supporters having heart attacks and I don’t understand it.”
One common desire from the fanbase is for Shaw to go out and get another striker, with goals sometimes hard to come by in tight games.
But he countered: “If we had a lot of money to spend maybe we would go and get a Leon Mettam, we were spoiled last year.”
“This year we don’t have that budget.”
“The brief was work with young players and don’t get relegated.”
“If we were playing poorly and not winning, then everyone can have a moan.”
“We’re creating chances, and if Conor Higginson had scored his two one-on-ones would we be talking about it?”
“He knows he should have scored, he has me telling him.”