By Liam Ryder
Chris Hardy has praised how his side competed with high-flying Warrington Town at the Turnbull Ground last night.
This was Hardy’s first game in charge of the Seasiders since confirming he would be staying on for what he hopes can be a successful season next year.
On his future the Blues boss said he was “delighted” to remain part of the club’s plans.
“This is a project that we’ve got. We’ve got hopes and aspirations to see out and ensure that we get what we’re looking for which is trying to create a promotion season at Whitby Town.”
Turning attention back to last night’s action, the gaffer was keen to address how well his side played against second placed Warrington.
“We knew we had to withstand decent possession and some pressure from Warrington. We did that with the threat of a counter attack on numerous occasions.
The goal we gave away was a poor one so there was a really strong argument for us going in 2-0 at half-time. We scored two good goals in the first fourty-five and we were competitive.”
As well as a good performance from the Seasiders last night, Hardy was also pleased with the reaction of his side given the last two results had been heavy 4-0 defeats away from home.
“We talked about wanting a reaction and that was what we were looking for and that’s what we got. I thought there were some really good performances tonight.
Kev and Jamie at the heart of defence were immense and that was coupled with Callum and Danny in the full-back positions. Monkhouse and Jassem also helped out defensively. Everyone was competitive with energy winning first and second balls.”
One disappointing aspect of the evening was Warrington’s quick response to falling behind early on in the game, Whitby leading for only five minutes.
“We can focus on their goals this evening, two goals I feel could have been avoided given the fact that there was some indecision in and around our 18-yard box.
There are improvements we can make but we can’t disregard the efforts we put in this evening. It was a full-blooded performance from our point of view”
As Chris Hardy had already alluded to, Whitby had to soak up great amounts of pressure throughout the game, but the Blues’ second goal pleased him greatly as the Seasiders counter-attacked to great effect.
“It was a great delivery from Dan McWilliams and a good finish from Matty at the back post. These were things that we saw a lot more of last season with balls coming in from wide areas. It was pleasing to see that and there were a lot of positives that we can take into Saturday.”
Despite Tymon’s positive effect on last night’s game, his night was ended prematurely with referee, Shane Sugden deeming his challenge on a Warrington defender as dangerous and sent him off.
“The linesman tells me that it’s a bad tackle”, Hardy told Paul Connolly. “I’m stood in a similar position to him and it looked like he was a bit over-eager, possibly a little bit tired in terms of his attempt to go for the ball.
I don’t think it was malicious, it warranted a yellow card but certainly not a red card, it’s very harsh. The referee hasn’t given any consideration to the playing conditions so we can feel aggrieved with that.”
You can watch Chris Hardy’s post-Warrington interview with Paul Connolly over on the Whitby Town Facebook Page. Match highlights will be available shortly on the Whitby Town YouTube channel. Many thanks to Lee West for taking his time to record and edit the footage.