INTERVIEW: Cooke delighted with Dabbers’ performance at Matlock

By Ryan Batty:

Manager Dave Cooke was pleased with his side’s performance as they comfortably saw off Matlock Town on Saturday with a 3-0 win.

Goals from Harry Clayton and David Forbes secured Nantwich three points in a crucial game that sees The Dabbers begin their climb up the table, and Dave believes that the victory was the exact reaction he was looking for following last weekend’s FA Cup exit.

“I thought the lads did very well last weekend, we’ve had a great run in the cup but it’s nice to get back to the bread and butter of the league.

“We had a good win against Witton in our previous league game and now is the time to start getting points on the board – which is exactly what we did today.”

Despite sitting in the bottom half of the league table, Dave reckons his side have got what it takes to build on the win.

“We’ve got to look at ourselves. Will [Jaaskelainen] is playing well, but Fabian [Spiess] is getting fitter, the back four is as good as we’re going to get and they’re all young lads so there’s plenty of upside and room for them to grow as players.

“We’ll have hiccups along the way but I believe in the lads. In midfield, Matt Bell and Casper Hughes were outstanding and really gave us a platform to play, and the crucial part was that we scored our goals at the right times and deservedly came out with all three points.”

Dave has worked with a few different shapes of play this season, but lined his men up in a classic 4-4-2 system on Saturday with a few players on the sidelines.

And with a good result following the formation change, Cooke was happy with the way his side adapted.

“Recently, we’ve been playing a kind of 4-4-1-1 with Sean in the hole behind the striker, but unfortunately, Sean wasn’t fit so it meant David and Harry came in, and put pressure on their [Matlock’s] backline.

“They both worked the lines well and shut everybody down, and as I said before, they scored their goals at the right time.

“They put us under pressure at the start of the second half, but we dealt with it well and scored early in the second. That sort of thing can kill teams.

“We’ve looked at playing with two forwards, and if it continues to work well, who knows how far it could take us?”

The Dabbers are back in action this Tuesday in the Intergro Doodson League Cup, hosting Droylsden in the First Round, before they turn their attention back to the League, as they host Whitby Town on Saturday.

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