Chadderton boss, David Fish was full of admiration for his young side following the reds’ 2-1 win over mid-table side Golcar United on Boxing Day at the ARK Fleetech Stadium.
Dillon O’Connor and Arron Scholes got on the scoresheet for the hosts before Greg Porter pulled a goal back for the visitors. Scholes’ strike was a blockbusting hit from outside the area, it was scholes-esque from the son of Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
The importance of confidence
Fish was delighted with the performance and it’s Chadderton’s first league win since the first week in November. The Chadderton boss admits that it was a massive result in terms of building momentum as the fixtures continue to come thick and fast following the festive period.
“We were very good yesterday,” said Fish. “There’s a lot of ability in the team, but I’ve often questioned the decision-making and desire in some matches this season. I thought yesterday, everyone worked hard for one another.
“In the first half, we played the best football we’ve played all season – we din’t allow Golcar United to settle and that work-rate and quality with the ball won us the game.”
As for the importance of the victory, Fish admits that the win was a real confidence-builder as well as the importance of getting three points on the board ahead of Saturday’s trip to St Helens Town.
“Confidence is a very fragile thing in football, especially with such a young group of players. The win has massively lifted the lads’ confidence. There’s been times over recent weeks where we’ve gone behind in games and the lads have almost physically deflated.
“I’ve seen much more resolve in the last three matches and we have a decent run of games now, from which I expect us to pick up points before a tough run against the league’s top sides. We need to use yesterday’s result as a springboard to build momentum and take the points to drive us up the league.”
With having such a young side, Fish admits that his side boast experience despite the average squad age and once the work-rate and fitness levels improve, the results will come.
“They’re all talented players and playing regularly at this level is offering crucial experience on a consistent basis. We have players aged 21 with almost 100 matches under their belts, but what they lack is the experience or resolve to dig themselves or the team out of a rut.
“That’s why the older players such as Dillan O’Connor, Jack Turnbull, Phil McGrath and Jordan Rutter are so important. We’ve been doing extra fitness session as I do think we can be fitter and stronger. When everything clicks through the freedom we with and the slickness of our play is a joy to watch.”
Seeing Arron Scholes (the son of Paul) satisfied Fish, but the Chadderton boss admits that he treats Scholes no different to any other player and Scholes demands that he isn’t given any preferential treatment by the boss.
“Arron rejoined the club in the summer and he’s been a completely different player, both on and off the pitch – much more mature than when he was previously here. He has plenty of ability and he’s applying himself much better.
“He wants to be known as Arron and not the son of Paul Scholes, we don’t treat him differently to any other player. He scores wonder-goals in training on a weekly basis and it was great to see him translate that into a league match.”
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to St Helens Town, Fish concedes that the dressing room is a very happy place and the Chadderton boss is expecting another high-intensity display from his side.
“The atmosphere after yesterday’s win was great. There’s a real sense that the lads are playing for each other and that’s the key ingredient to building a strong team spirit. There’s been a lot of messages exchanged back and forth over the past week – which underlines the current mood in the squad.”