Tigers boss challenges Sandy Lane fans to get behind passing football

Worksop Town v Sheffield FC. Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw.
Worksop Town v Sheffield FC. Worksop Town manager Mark Shaw.
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Mark Shaw has admitted to feeling frustrated at a small section of the club’s fanbase, for not vocally backing his young side.

The manager has picked up on groans around the ground when Tigers are playing the ball out from the back, and he challenged fans to get behind the passing football ethos.

Speaking after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at home to Athersley, he said: “I don’t think people understand the way we’re playing.”

“A lot of people on the sideline, instead of supporting the team they’re trying to get them to rush the ball and it’s not the way we play.”

“We’re patient, we create goalscoring chances, we don’t have people in the box for crosses to to flying in.”

“People have got to see what’s going on.”

We’ve been trying to get people down here to promote the club and if they really get behind the players who knows, it might spur them on to a winning goal.”

He was pleased with the overall performance at Sandy Lane on Wednesday, having expressed a desire to return to the fluid football that had eluded Tigers in recent outings.

“I thought we dominated for the majority of the first half and all of the second half.”

“We spoke on Monday about what had been lacking, what makes us a good team, we spoke again on Wednesday about how we want to get the ball down and play it. “

“We’re a team that pass and move.”

“I was really impressed with the way we played, we were maybe lacking that little creative edge, but they had 11 players in their own half to make things difficult in the last 25 minutes.”

“We had two defeats on the bounce, we were losing to a very physical, strong team and it showed character to come back and get a point.”

And he singled out Jack Hawkins for special praise.

“Jack did very well, he’s been in and out and had a lot of criticism from me on what we want him to do, but he had to fill in a different job and did really well.”

Shaw now wants his men to go into Saturday’s clash with bottom side Nostell full of confidence: “It’s very important for us to get into winning ways, go on a run of wins and good performances.”