08:31 Friday 13 December 2013

Shaw takes positives from first match in charge of Rocester

Written byDOM MILLS

DEBUT DELIGHT . . . new Rocester striker Dan Brown scored against Loughborough DEBUT DELIGHT . . . new Rocester striker Dan Brown scored against Loughborough

NEW Rocester boss Dave Shaw believes his squad needs strengthening across the board – but took positives out of last weekend’s narrow defeat to Loughborough University.

Dan Brown netted on his debut before two second-half strikes condemned the Romans to their 13th Midland Alliance defeat this season.

“Saturday was a good learning curve – I’ve more knowledge of the players.

“There were positives. Carl Allen, the captain, had a steady game.

“Jason Beardsley at right-back did nothing wrong.

“Dan Wain had a good game, one of the players I’d never seen before, and he’s put a really good shift in.

“But in certain positions we need to strengthen – at least to give competition in those areas.”

Brown was a major positive, and capped his display by getting on the score-sheet.

Shaw said: “He’s different class, and stood out for me with his work-rate and everything else. He’s a top class player at this level.”

The manager will hope Brown can plunder more goals when struggling Dunkirk visit Hillsfield tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

Saturday’s visitors have shipped 12 goals in their last two games, including a 7-0 mauling by Quorn last time out.

Shaw said: “It’s three points we should have in the bag if we play like we did in the first half against Loughborough.

“I’d expect to go in a few goals up and make that second half a little easier for ourselves.

“We could have done that against Loughborough.

“Tom Ellerton had a great chance that would have put us two up.”

The defeat, combined with other results, sent Rocester crashing to the foot of the table.

Shaw said: “We are in touching distance, with games in hand and some good fixtures coming up.

“We have got some very winnable games to come.”

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