It was nice to see Covolan back in goal. He had a really good game and commanded his box well like he always does. He made a couple of good saves, notably the one in the first minute which was a crucial one. Welcome back Cov!
2 – WIDTH
It was good to see us have some width back in the side with Andrews returning to his natural position and Law coming into the side. I thought they linked up well and it gave us an outlet to spread it out left at every opportunity, allowing for some good crosses to come in and some chances to finally be created. Once Nemane and Whitfield are back that should hopefully create some competition for places in the side and allow for some width out on the other side as well.
3 – WORKING HARDER
How do you break out of a rut and get back to winning ways? Work harder. The effort and energy displayed by the lads around the pitch was enjoyable to watch, with the pressing game winning back the ball in dangerous positions and giving us a great platform to attack. Nobody epitomised this more than Armani Little, who looked fitter and sharper than he has done in months. It’ll be hard for the team to keep up that kind of work rate game after game, but if we’re going to win this league then we need it. Gary Johnson will be very satisfied by the commitment shown and expect more of the same going forward.
4 – THE MATCHWINNER
I think Boden certainly has something to offer and that’s two goals in two games now for the striker to give him that bit of confidence. It was that slice of luck we needed for the goal and a moment we deserved on the balance of the game. When more width is created in the side we have an outlet to allow for those crosses in the box, but it is still the final finish that continues to elude us and I would like to see us take a few more shots at goal. However, Rome wasn’t built in a day and I am sure (as with Danny Wright) that Boden will start to get on the end of some of these in games to come. And then when Wright is back that duo could be a deadly force going into the final few games of the season!
5 – SET PIECE PROBLEMS
Not wanting to take a negative stance after yesterday’s game, but one point to note is that our set pieces (especially corners) are still in need of improvement. The poor delivery quite often allows other teams to comfortably clear at the front post, making us exposed on the counter attack. After all, it is never good if our corners are more beneficial for the opposition to attack! I do think we let teams in sometimes a bit too easily on the counter attack and if we could just tighten that up a bit at the back then all will be good. Having said that our interceptions and pressing yesterday was much better than previous weeks, which was very good to see.
6 – SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
I think that win should give us some confidence now going into Tuesday night against Solihull. Until our injured key players are back we will need to grind out results and wins to keep us in contention, and then push on when players such as Cameron, Nemane and Wright have returned. Sutton letting in a late one gains us two points on them and hopefully knocks their confidence a bit (as it did for us post-Yeovil away)! Lets keep that gap reasonable and try to close it down a bit before we play them. Then with our full strength squad hopefully back who knows! Lets not get too carried away, enjoy the moment and never ever write Torquay off!