18th Dec, 2017

Yates applauds Moors' team spirit following Leyton Orient clash

FOOTBALL: MOORS boss Mark Yates applauded the performance of his team after they won for the first time under his leadership.

Liam Daly’s second half header was enough to down former Football League side Leyton Orient, who were only relegated to the top tier of non-league football last season.

Yates summarised Saturday’s win as a ‘total 90minute performance’ and added his side should’ve scored more than they did.

He said: “With better finishing that game could’ve been anything to be fair.

“We defended when we had to, our keeper made one good save first-half and come and dealt with things when he’s had to – we played like a team.

“It was a terrific defensive performance and the front players worked their socks off – they set the tempo for our closing down and our pressing.

“For a team bottom of the table, we were really good today.”

The returning Jamey Osborne and Daly shared the man of the match honours, but Paul Green’s display wasn’t one that went unnoticed.

“He (Green) was great,” said Yates.

“He felt his calf before the game and I got told at quarter to three that he was not going to start, but he’s a soldier – a warrior.

“He did ever so well without the ball but with the ball he kept it simple and it was a really good team performance. We created lots of chances and limited them to very few.”

Despite the win, Moors remain bottom of the National League – five points short of 20th placed Leyton Orient.

But the 47-year-old revealed if his side perform how they did on Saturday every week, there’s every chance they’ll avoid the drop.

He said: “I said to my players ‘give me that every week and do you know what’ – in four games they’ve given me everything.

“I asked for a little bit of quality, I thought we showed little bits of quality today and we’re going to keep asking for more.”

“There are plenty of games to go and we have to believe.

“There’s a lot to do, one game doesn’t all of a sudden mean that we’re sorted – we’ve got some serious work to do.

“The board, the staff, the players – they’re up for it.

“They’ve let me bring in a few players and we’re going to keep looking.

“We need to keep improving as a club, as a team and we’ll do everything we can to get us further up the table.

“We’ll work hard and we’ll give it a right good go.”

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