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Watt Delighted With January Progress
Monday night’s travels to Kingstonian FC rounded off a jam-packed January for Margate Manager Steve Watt and his side.
Presented with yet another tough fixture, The Blues picked up three big points with a Jordan Chiedozie brace and Kane Haysman goal securing a 3-1 victory.
Speaking after the match, Watt was delighted with his squad’s professionalism and quality to seal the win.
“The boys’ effort and application over the course of the month has been outstanding. There were tired legs out there and it’s a tough place to come.”
“I have to give Kingstonian credit, I thought they did well and asked us questions even when down to 10 men. Our boys gave it all they got and that’s what I asked from them.”
With injuries added into the mix of general fatigue after eight games since the beginning of the year, Watt admitted he had warned his side to expect a real battle against The Ks.
“Before the game, I said we had 90 minutes of graft ahead of us before a return to normality from this Tuesday/Saturday sequence we’ve had during the whole of January which is incredible.”
“We found ourselves with about three games in hand at the start of the year and now we’ve got games in hand on others.”
“The three points and performance on Monday night show what we’re all about, the character we’ve got from front to back. The team works hard for each other and we have the touches of quality to win games.”
The Gate’s latest unbeaten run has propelled them to third place in the Bostik League, their highest position this season. Whilst momentum behind this current standing is pleasing, the Manager’s feet are firmly on the ground; whilst his focus, has already turned to Saturday’s game against Lowestoft FC.
“January has put us in a good position but I don’t think anything is done by any stretch of the imagination. I think there are lots of twists and turns to come. There always is in seasons and it’s been proven before; we’ve got ourselves in good positions in games before and given it away.”
“Nothing is done. We look to the next game, we try and win the next game and it’s as simple as that.”
Watt hopes Hartsdown Park will be full of fans and locals following The Gate’s eye-catching run of recent form but is under no illusion of the threat Saturday’s visitors will pose.
“Every game in this League is difficult, it doesn’t matter who you play. You just need to look at Monday night with Kingstonian who are in the bottom half of the league, down to 10 men and still asking questions of us. It’s a case of being professional and getting the job done.”
After scoring his 29th goal of the campaign so far, Watt was pleased to see striker Jordan Chiedozie continue his fine vein of form.
“Jordan’s a goal scorer. It’s why I brought him to the club. He’s got a hunger to be successful, ambition to score goals and I think he’s showing that on the pitch.”
“He’s produced another two clinical finishes and come close yet again to a hat-trick. He’s been a great signing and is bringing in exactly what he said he would; a winner and a goal scorer.”
With a final reflection upon the past four weeks before getting on with a testing February, Watt’s belief in his team is palpable – as is the expectation that this is the foundation for months more hard work and dedication.
“It was always going to be a tough month. Did I think we would be as successful as we have been? Maybe not but I’m not surprised as what this team has done.”
“I’ve said it many times before, I know what this squad is capable of. They can go on runs and they know how to win games as team. It’s a case of bringing that all together at a very good time.”
“Nothing is done. We move onto Saturday. We prepare for Saturday. We try to win the game on Saturday.”
We hope you’ll be able to join us on Saturday afternoon, to see if they do.
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
By Charlotte Richardson