Villa boss calls for right attitude

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 25 October 2012 Updated: 01/11 16:59

FAIRFIELD Villa boss Paul Oakes has urged his players to show the right attitude in tomorrow’s Midland Combination Division One home clash with local rivals Droitwich Spa.

Villa go into the contest on the back of a 5-0 Smedley Crooke Memorial Cup round one victory at Racing Club Warwick Reserves last Saturday but is keen for his players to start well on their return to league action.

“Ultimately there was never any doubt about us winning the game on Saturday, but I felt the lads played within themselves for the majority of the game and didn’t really hit the heights I know they are capable of,” Oakes said.

“It probably sounds like I am being picky but it is important to start games on the front foot because if you fall behind it gives the opposition something to hold on to and you can make life very difficult for yourselves.

“People looking at the league table will be expecting us to win easily on Saturday but I hope the players don’t look at it and think that.

“If they start the game with that attitude we could put ourselves in trouble because Droitwich are much better than the current league table would suggest and they won’t be coming here to make it easy for us.”

Adam Pillinger opened the scoring on Saturday with his second goal in two games before he turned provider for Pete Jenvey to grab his fifth of the season.

Dean Gaffney and Pillinger then combined for Andy Nicol to make it 3-0 at half time whilst Lewis Cosgrove and Keiron Evans completed the victory in the second half and set up a trip to Lye Town or Inkberrow in round two.

“With us having gone out of a couple of cups already it was nice to get through the first round on Saturday,” Oakes said.

“It was also good to see the goals being shared round between the players again and that has been a feature of us this season.

“We have a few lads who have got half a dozen goals or thereabouts now and it helps take the pressure off and means we don’t have to rely on one or two people to score all of the time.

“Another bonus to come out of Saturday was the performance of James Cund in defence.

“He did well for us in pre-season but hasn’t been available since then due to work commitments.

“We’re hopefully be going to see a bit more of him now and he looked good on Saturday so he will strengthen us further in the weeks to come.”

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