September 23rd, 2016

Reds boss sees the positives as key weekend awaits

Updated: 9:21 am, Sep 15, 2015

FOOTBALL: REDDITCH United boss Liam McDonald believes the wins will soon start arriving for his side if they maintain the performance levels they showed during Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Cambridge City.

The visitors arrived at the Valley Stadium having taken nine points from their first four matches, but it was the Reds who dominated the match for long periods as they searched for their first victory of the Southern League Premier Division season.

However, United found it difficult to create many clearcut chances and they drew a blank to register their fourth successive draw of the campaign.

Despite the frustrations of failing to turn possession into maximum points, McDonald remained upbeat ahead of what he called a ‘vital’ Bank Holiday weekend which sees Redditch visit Dunstable Town on Saturday before welcoming Stratford Town to the Valley on Monday (3pm).

“I was really pleased with the performance on Saturday,” said McDonald.

“There were lots of positives. We dominated the game and that’s what we need to continue to do if we want to start turning these draws into victories.

“We were the better side and really took the game to a good Cambridge team who’ve made an excellent start to the season.

“The team is still in a good place at the moment. We need to keep defending well and working hard and I firmly believe things will turn our way and the wins will be just around the corner if we keep these performance levels up.”

Despite being pleased with his side’s endeavours, McDonald admitted it was important to start putting maximum points on the board as soon as possible and he believes a fruitful Bank Holiday weekend could kick-start the Reds’ campaign.

“I have told the lads that a positive points haul over these next two games could really get us motoring and we’ll be giving it everything to get that first win at Dunstable,” said McDonald.

“It’ll be a tough game because they spent a fair bit of money over the summer and have improved their side, but we’ve been working hard on our plans for the match and are looking forward to it.

“Monday really could be a great game against Stratford. They are a confident team who have started well after winning promotion and we’ll have to play very well to win.

“Hopefully there will be a good crowd and we can give our fans the right result.”

Max Loveridge is still a month away from a return to the fold, but fellow midfielder Jack Westbrook is ‘itching for a return’ according to McDonald and may well feature in Saturday’s squad.

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