06:00 Wednesday 18 December 2013

Rocester boss Dave Shaw targets safety

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NEW Rocester boss Dave Shaw is targeting Midland Alliance safety after he masterminded the club’s first win in three months.

The Romans beat Dunkirk 3-0 at Hillsfield on Saturday, their first win since a 4-2 triumph over Continental Star on August 26.

They had gone 16 games without a win, with former boss Mark Kavanagh getting the boot.

After a narrow 2-1 defeat in his first game in charge, Shaw got things moving rapidly at the weekend.

“It’s brilliant and we all really enjoyed it,” he said. “The lads worked hard to get the win.

“I’ve just got them behind the ball when we lose it and they defended well.

“Having virtually the same side for two on the trot is helpful, too.

“The lads all know what their jobs are.”

Shaw, a prolific striker in his playing days, has tried to bring a touch of fun to Hillsfield and get the players enjoying their football.

“There’s a better atmosphere around the place,” he said. “I just told them to enjoy their football – that’s why they’re playing at the end of the day.

“I think you get better out of them if they’re turning up and having a laugh.”

Shaw has already brought several new faces into Hillsfield, including former Derby County and Notts County right-back Jason Beardsley, and is hoping to bring some more players in soon.

“One or two have come in already and another couple will be coming in soon hopefully,” said the manager.

“It’s time-consuming and I’m just playing it by ear.

“It’s a matter of pinpointing players who are good enough and maybe haven’t been playing at a level above. I can offer them a chance to play and get back to that level.

“I think we need more strength in depth.”

Now, Shaw is targeting a run of results to lift the Romans clear of the bottom three and ensure their survival in the Alliance.

“As long as we can stay out of the relegation zone, that’s the aim.

“I’ve targeted games I think we can win but the way we played on Saturday they could be able to surprise a few.”

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