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Chris Hardy on a pleasing Whitby Town performance

Whitby Town manager, Chris Hardy expressed how pleased he was with the performance of his side in last night’s 3-0 victory over Matlock Town at Causeway Lane.

The Blues came into the match following three games without victory, however it appeared that strong words had been said, particularly after Saturday’s disappointing showing against Hednesford Town; a game where play in the final third was poor from Whitby’s point of view.

Last night’s clash saw a much more creative and exciting Seasiders attack, as well as a solid display at the back, two aspects that delighted the Whitby Town boss.

“I think it’s as good as it gets really,” said a delighted Hardy.

“Coming away from home on a Tuesday night with lots of hours in our legs in terms of travel, is always difficult. Three goals, a clean sheet and a real top performance tonight.

“It was a good thing scoring our first goal from a set-piece, something we work on in training, so that was really pleasing. I said at half-time that regardless of the goal, we played in a slick manner and we had purpose about what we were doing.”

During the second half, Whitby came under lots of pressure with the home side delivering testing balls into the eighteen yard box on several occasions.

Hardy was happy with the way in which his side dealt with these dangerous situations in order to clear their lines and do what was necessary to relieve the pressure.

“The clean sheet speaks volumes,” Hardy said.

“We knew we’d get a reaction. They’re a good side, an able side so we knew that reaction was due. We had to make sure that we stood firm and wait for our time for opportunities to come around. We ran out comfortable winners in the end.

“Junior Mondal, in particular helped us break out. He’s an enigma from the point of view that he’s got all the talent in the world but we sometimes don’t see that on a match day. I believe that’s the best he’s played for us in a Whitby shirt.”

One concern on the night was the first half injury to Jack Norton. Despite continuing to feature throughout the match, it was evident that something wasn’t right with Dan McWilliams and Kieran Weledji on goal-kick duties.

Chris Hardy admitted that he and his staff have great concern for the Seasiders’ number one, a goalkeeper who has impressed in the early part of the season.

“It’s a great concern at the moment,” Hardy stated.

“We’ve got the FA Cup coming up at the weekend so we’ll get Jack assessed but I’m fearful that it could be a serious one. We want a cup run, especially in the FA Cup.

“On Saturday, we’ve got to make sure that we do the business and get ourselves in the hat for the next round which is the main objective.”

Watch Chris Hardy’s post-Matlock Town interview with Liam Ryder on the Whitby Town YouTube Channel. Like the video and subscribe for up to date coverage of the Blues.