SOLVING Rocester’s acute goal shortage is manager Mark Kavanagh’s number one priority.
The Romans travel to high-flying Highgate United tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.
The Gate are second in the Midland Alliance but have conceded more goals than any other top-10 side, and Kavanagh reckons that soft underbelly can be exploited.
He said: “We’ll go there, be positive and try to get a result. Highgate do concede goals so we will see.
“We have been working on the defence for the last couple of weeks as we had been conceding.
“We’re now going to work on the attacking side of the game. We’ll work on the attacking third and see if that bares fruit before looking at other attacking options.
“But I am happy with the side’s shape and the way we are playing.”
Rocester’s defensive work paid dividends on Saturday when the Hillsfield outfit earned a 0-0 draw at home to Shepshed Dynamo – despite having two men sent off.
Kavanagh praised his battling players, but was critical of referee Neil Faunch after goalkeeper Wayne Smith was dismissed just after the half hour mark, with Lee Spencer following suit on 58 minutes.
Kavanagh said: “There was not a bad tackle in the whole game.
“Our goalkeeper’s got two defenders around him. How can he be sent off as the last man?
“He (Smith) never really caught him. But (Luke) Edwards knows the score.
“He’s been around and left a leg hanging.
“To play from 58 minutes with nine men – it’s a great result, and we could have nicked it in the end.”
On the full-time whistle the Hillsfield faithful gave Rocester’s nine men a standing ovation.
Kavanagh said: “The support we had was fantastic. What they did at the end of the game was amazing.
“It was a proud moment for the club. The players didn’t know where to look. They were a bit embarrassed – in a good way.
“It was not a great game of football for us. But it was a great battling performance.”