Changing philosophy pays off
DAVID Bridges says Boro have changed their attitude in recent weeks and are starting to see their new philosophy pay off after winning at both Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale.
Boro beat Crewe 1-0 on Saturday through a late Byron Harrison goal, while on Tuesday evening goals from Bridges, Peter Winn and a 40-yard own goal courtesy of Anthony Griffith gave Boro a 3-1 win at Vale Park.
Speaking after that win, Bridges told The Comet that manager Graham Westley has been instilling into his players the need to worry less and enjoy their football.
“The gaffer’s whole attitude in the last few games has changed,” Bridges said.
“We haven’t picked up the points we thought we should have but instead of worrying about it, (he said) let’s go and play, and let’s go and believe in what we can achieve and attacking-wise it’s come off in the last couple of games and we’ve got these six points. Hopefully we can get more against Cheltenham this weekend.”
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A separate instruction from Westley not to pass back to goalkeeper Chris Day on a torn up pitch in their win over Port Vale on Tuesday paid dividends for Boro, but the same could not be said of their opponents and it cost them dearly.
Bridges was closing down Anthony Griffith midway through the first half at Vale Park when the Vale midfielder passed back to his goalkeeper from the edge of the centre circle only to see the ball take a bobble and skip over Chris Martin’s foot and into the goal.
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Bridges said: “That was funny. Lairdy (Boro left-back Scott, who unsuccessfully laid claim to Boro’s late winner at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday) hit it 60 yards, and the defender cleared it to my midfielder who passes it back to the ‘keeper and Laird’s trying to claim it! He’ll claim anything!
“There was one I was involved in during the second half.
“I’ve got the ball just outside the box and my natural reaction would have been to go back to Daisy to clear, but through instruction I had to twist, turn and clear it down the line.
“They’ve paid for it, but we were under instruction not to give Daisy a backpass under any circumstances.”