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Holbeach manager pleased to see off 'horrible, nitty, gritty' Lutterworth




Holbeach United manager Danny Hussey took full satisfaction in his side avenging their slender 1-0 defeat at Lutterworth Town nearly two weeks ago.

Hussey's decision to push Tigers' full backs Tom Smith and Luke Wilson forward, followed by the introduction of substitutes Will Bird and Josh Ford, ultimately broke the Swifts' resilience after they had twice equalised at Carter's Park.

The only downside to Holbeach's 6-2 win was a groin injury for Wilson, meaning he is unlikely to be part of tonight's game at Peterborough Northern Star.

Michael Frew flicks home Holbeach United's third goal against Lutterworth Town.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-140320-013TW.
Michael Frew flicks home Holbeach United's third goal against Lutterworth Town.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-140320-013TW.

Hussey said: "It was a really good second half performance after scoring in the first half and competing well.

"But we sort of petered off a little bit after the first goal, we didn't keep the ball and our options on the ball probably weren't as good as in the second half.

"I thought we still had another gear to go up to and I was really pleased in the second half when they upped that tempo.

Liam Adams fires home Holbeach United's fourth goal against Lutterworth Town.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-140320-018TW.
Liam Adams fires home Holbeach United's fourth goal against Lutterworth Town.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-140320-018TW.

"We changed the shape by going to a three and pushing the two wide boys further forward, attacking-wise.

"It helped us link up better and we seemed to have a lot more joy with two up top and the wide boys attacking from distance.

"So it was a good result and I said to the boys that it was a win against probably one of the hardest working sides in the league.

"To go and outwork them, with the ability and quality that we've got, is why we've won the game 6-2.

Josh Ford scores Holbeach United's fifth goal from a free kick against Lutterworth Town.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-140320-021TW.
Josh Ford scores Holbeach United's fifth goal from a free kick against Lutterworth Town.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-140320-021TW.

"Lutterworth do that all the time, they're horrible, nitty, gritty, they want to get in your face and they work really hard.

"They're all a bunch of mates and they've got that mentality where they stick together and work really hard for each other."

Hussey admitted that Andrew Tidswell, who was replaced by Ford with 20 minutes left, still needed a "few games to get up to speed".

Jon Fairweather heads home Holbeach United's sixth goal against Lutterworth Town.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-140320-024TW.
Jon Fairweather heads home Holbeach United's sixth goal against Lutterworth Town.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-140320-024TW.

"Tids hasn't played all season and so he's still finding his minutes on the pitch", Hussey said.

"It's hard for him because he hasn't played for such a long time and we know it's going to take a few games to get him up to speed.

"Wilson pulled his groin so they were the obvious two changes we needed to make just to give us fresh legs.

"We put Liam Adams in the hole which worked really well as he linked up lovely with Michael Frew and Josh Ford.

"From the second half performance, if you put in the hard work, you get your just desserts."


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