Captain’s Corner: “To win late on was really sweet”

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March 6, 2013 by Matthew Bradley

Captain’s Corner returns with a bang in the light of Greenalls’ cup heroics against Rainhill Town, with Mark Hughes giving us the four one one.

We started by asking about Hughes’ injury problems, and how he felt to finally be back in the middle of the park. “I missed it and I’m glad to be back and back to fitness, I love being involved in the big games like Saturday those are the games you want to play. Now hopefully I can keep going until the end of the season”.

Chris Latham and Hughes have formed a solid duo in the Greenalls midfield, so we asked the skipper about the man signed from Middlewich, and how they have created a feared partnership. Hughes voiced his opinion on what a technical player Latham is, and had praise for fellow Hughes, Lee, and what he brings to the team. “Me and Chris are different players, I’m more a ball winner and he’s a better ball player. Then we have Lee who pushes on and goes forward. All three of us offer something different, I think Chris has fitted in really well”.

Last Saturday’s cup win had to come up, especially considering the dramatic circumstances in which the win unfolded. The number eight was delighted when Ben Slater hit home the third goal;” It was a brilliant feeling, and relief when he scored as you’re thinking of penalties. After going 2-1 down I felt they got a bit cocky, so to win late on was really sweet”.

The victory was also noted for Dave Bush’s tactical changes in extra time, Hughes believes these changes were important factors in the win. “I thought Craig (Hoyland), Danny (Wilcock) and Paul (Dobson) all changed the game. You saw Danny running in behind them with his pace, and his ball for the second goal was class. Craig put himself about and offered something different, his header was great which led to Danny Topping’s goal”.

We rounded up on Saturday’s fixture against Crewe FC at the Cumberland Arena, with Crewe being 2 points ahead of Greenalls serving as a motivation going into the contest. “We want to finish as high as we can and win every game. We have to aim for top 4 so a win, and going above them, is a step in the right direction”.


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