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Stafford Rangers boss believes players have quality

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

By Dave McLean

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STAFFORD Rangers new boss Graham Heathcote believes some of the current squad have a better quality than they themselves reaslise.

He comments followed a second win in three under Heathcote since he succeeded Andy Mutch this month. Rangers made it back to back 3-1 home wins against winless basement rivals Droylsden to move within 12 points of the Evo Stik Premier safety zone.

“In training I’d seen the lads had got a bit of quality about them, with their passing in training and I said to them, (prior to the Droylsden game) let’s see if we can go and do a bit of that in the actual football match,” said Heathcote.

“I think they (the players) have got a better quality than they realise themselves and I thought the first 25 minutes we played some good football. Dan (Cope) scored a great goal and (new signing) Ian Craney came in for me.

“I’ve had him since he was an 18-year-old. He’s got a good football brain, he’s got good feet and he picks things out. I also thought that James (McCarthy) showed good feet. I thought going forward we played some good stuff. We tried to play one-two sharp stuff and we went two up.

“However, I thought we went a little bit sloppy until half-time. Fortunately we got a third goal, which was a good job because I thought we tired.

“Let’s give the players credit, because the previous week was a bit of a disaster for them, but I thought Darren ( Chadwick) and JJ (Jermaine Johnson) were superb at the back.

“Let’s be positive with them, they’ve done well, they’ve done the job, got two wins in three and we have just got to keep going.”

While Craney scored on his Rangers debut, fellow newcomer Matthew Berkeley, formerly of Altrincham and Colwyn Bay, pulled out through illness, but he should be available for Saturday’s vital trip to Grantham Town (3pm).

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