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Match reaction from Deeping Rangers assistant manager Jack Marsden following their victory over Boston Town




Assistant manager Jack Marsden is hoping his Deeping Rangers side have put a stop to the defensive vulnerability which has threatened to blight their campaign.

A hard-fought 1-0 win over Boston Town on Tuesday night saw the Clarets keep back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season following Saturday's 2-0 home success over Holbeach United.

Despite being the joint second highest scorers in the United Counties League Premier Division, Deeping have conceded the second highest number of goals of the teams currently in the top 10.

Jack Marsden (28411941)
Jack Marsden (28411941)

But Marsden believes their last two performances show that Deeping have started to stop the flow of goals being conceded.

He said: "We were really solid in the Holbeach game where we didn't look like we had any vulnerabilities.

"It was a very similar situation at Boston on Tuesday night. They created chances, but we looked solid and I don't think there was ever any doubt about us losing the game.

"We're really happy that for two games back-to-back we've been solid defensively. It gives us a platform to use to play our football.

"I think for too long we've looked too vulnerable and looked like conceding too many goals and have been really edgy.

"Our back four on Tuesday night kept 16 clean sheets last season and we've gone back to having two really solid centre-halves - they are two of the best in the league.

"David Burton-Jones is a quality centre-half. He has all the attributes. He can shift when he gets moving and, three times on Tuesday night in a one-on-one situation against quick players, he was able to nullify them.

"He heads the ball correctly in the air and, when it is at his feet, he can dribble out and pass it like anyone. He is really well-rounded centre-half.

Luke Hunnings (28411939)
Luke Hunnings (28411939)

"Luke Hunnings heads and clears the ball well and I don't think there's a better partnership.

"Luke Andersen has come back in after a spell at Sleaford Town and he looks like a new man from the start of the season. That little break he had was probably good for him.

"Players don't get any change out of Dan Flack on the other side and, with Josh Carpenter coming in goal, he's stablised the back four a little bit.

"It's given them a little bit of confidence. He kicks really well, his hands have been really good and it's nice to have him with us."

Marsden was also full of praise for the contribution of experienced midfielder Michael Simpson whose second half goal secured a third successive league win for the Clarets.

He added: "The goal that we scored was just sheer desire from Michael Simpson for him to run into the box.

"If you could bottle a little bit of what he has in that desire and give it to other players then they would be playing at a higher level.

Josh Carpenter (28411937)
Josh Carpenter (28411937)

"We set a really good standard in the first half of being disciplined and matching them toe-to-toe and I think it helped having Michael Simpson in there as it gave us that bit of grit.

"The ball players around him - Charlie Coulson, Jack Gurney and Tom Curtis - could then enjoy what they do most and that's passing the football.

"They worked hard off the ball and were positive going forward. We tried to play some really good stuff on a difficult pitch. We looked really effective when we were able to pass the ball.

"It's enjoyable to make a midweek trip and come away with a win because Boston is a hard place to come. They are a resilient team who battle well and don't give in.

"They potentially should have scored right at the end only for Dan Flack's goalline clearance but, turning it to what we have done, we've had a really solid defensive display.

"I asked the players to make sure they matched Boston's fight and their determination and, when we got the ball, to enjoy playing football and be positive with it and I think we did that."


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