Steve Kittrick: Positives despite away loss

Boro boss Steve Kittrick's view
Boro boss Steve Kittrick's view

Saturday’s result at Kendal may not have been the right one, but it did show that we are getting there.

We may have welcomed players back from injury and suspension, but we are still fielding lads who are using league games to get fit.

Jameel Ible hasn’t played for a month, while Scott Brown and Ellis Humble are moving towards match fitness.

Jamie Price, Adam Bolder, Chris Bolder and Benny Igiehon are all at about 70%, though they are getting there.

Saturday’s loss was frustrating, but looking at it from a different light, we are moving towards where we want to be.

I’d be concerned if we weren’t creating chances, but on Saturday we did that, we just didn’t put them away.

We have to learn from that. We had weathered their purple patch, but during our own we didn’t take advantage.

Our 4-3-3 formation had served us quite well until Saturday, maybe it didn’t work as well up there.

I though Benny stood out like a sore thumb on the left. He said that he had played that formation before, but I think he is better suited to playing down the centre.

At times we play some good stuff, but we can also look a little disjointed, which is maybe due to the amount of changes that we have been forced to make since pre-season.

I’ll be speaking to my management team about this and other things, so we get things right for the weekend.

We will be without both Jamie Forrester and Duran Reynolds this weekend.

Jamie has decided to join AFC Mansfield.

He played for Hall Road Rangers on Saturday, which was something he organised by himself.

We are not going to stand in his way because he doesn’t figure in my plans.

Duran is undergoing intense treatment on his groin injury with the FA.

We are not going to let him play until he is back at 100% because it isn’t helping him or us.

On the arrivals front, I am hoping to add one new face to the squad.

We are looking at a player who can play in either defence of midfield, just to give us something else and to keep things fresh.

Saturday’s game won’t be easy for us because they have spent money and look a good side. We’ll be strong though and we’ll be looking for those three points.