Walden need to learn to "win ugly", says assistant manager
PUBLISHED: 09:59 08 August 2014
Saffron Walden Town assistant manager Jason Maher believes the ability to find a way to "win ugly" could be in the difference between a good or bad season.
Too often the Bloods failed to take the game away from their opponents last season, and as a result they missed the play-offs.
This year, says Maher, they should look to emulate the Thurlow Nunn Division One champions Whitton United, who were promoted to the Premier Division.
“We need to do what Whitton did last year and find a way to win ugly,” he said.
“They found a way to win when they didn’t play well; that’s the sign of a champion.
“We feel we’re equipped to do that this season with the players and characters we have in the changing room.”
Maher stressed that the team’s pursuit of wins will not lead to route one football, although it will be one of the weapons in their arsenal.
“We’re going to pass it on the ground, that’s what we want, but we need to be able to be direct when the time calls for it.
“This team has goals in it, we just need to keep more clean sheets and stop giving away sloppy goals.”
While Walden’s ability to find the net was never in question - they were the fourth highest scoring team last season - their killer instinct was.
“We need to be ruthless. That’s the difference between going up and not going up,” said Maher.
Walden’s first chance to show they can kill a game off comes at home this Saturday in the season’s opening fixture against Debenham.
Walden drew with Debenham twice last season - 2-2 at home and 0-0 away - and both times they should have won three points.
“They have a new manager and they have good players. We drew twice with them last season but we should have been out of sight by half time,” explained Maher.
“We didn’t kill them off in either game. Both times hard work got them a result and we can expect the same again.
“They will want to come to our place and spoil our tactics so we need to find a way to win, to do whatever it takes.”