02:00PM, Friday 01 January 2021
Photo by Darren Woolley
Striker Danilo Orsi-Dadomo admits manager Alan Devonshire was keen for the players to right a few wrongs from their last few matches during Saturday’s crushing win over Wealdstone.
The United boss was disappointed by his side’s sluggish starts against both Torquay United and Weymouth in the FA Trophy, so he called on them to make sure they were on it from the first whistle on Boxing Day.
His players took on the instruction and strolled to a comfortable win, netting four goals inside the opening 52 minutes to seal the points.
“We’d spoken about the fact we’ve not started our last few games very well,” said Orsi-Dadomo.
“The gaffer drummed home the message that we needed to attack them from the off. Basically, we were told to put right the wrongs of the last few games.
“I think we did that with Uppy (Ryan Upward) scoring in the first few minutes and Coley adding a second before half-time. It gave everyone a lift and then two goals in quick succession after the break killed their expectations.
“It gave us the three points early on.”
Danilo’s penalty just two minutes into the second half dampened any hopes Wealdstone may have had of making a comeback and – although the absent Sam Barratt had been the side’s main penalty taker this season – he was always confident he would score.
“The only time we were both on the pitch at the same time was against Solihull, and Sam was on for a hat-trick against them so I let him have that one,” said Danilo. “We have an agreement between the two of us and we’ll just see what happens when the next one comes up. But, as long as the ball ends up in the back of the net, I’m sure we’ll both be happy.
“I knew that if I scored it, it would kill the game off. I just thought, ‘I’ve done this before, let’s just get it over and done with, put the ball in the back of the net and move on’. Thankfully it worked.”
Nathan Blissett headed home the Magpies’ fourth goal five minutes later to put the result beyond all doubt and Danilo is hopeful the squad can maintain their play-off challenging form well into the new year. However, he says they’re not looking too far ahead and will take things one game at a time. Unfortunately for Maidenhead Saturday’s trip to Wealdstone has now been called off due to a positive COVID test in the Stones camp. It means they’ve no games scheduled until Yeovil Town visit York Road on Saturday, January 16.
“We take things day by day, game by game,” he said. “At this level and at levels about you see teams that are absolutely flying at Christmas and then they end up in a relegation battle. Let’s just get through this Christmas and New Year period and we’ll set our goals from there.
“If you look back at the whole year it’s been a strange time for everyone. Over Christmas we had three games which we were really looking forward to, but everyone’s got to take precautions at the moment and people’s health comes first. We’re not due to play until January 16, which is almost a month away, but we’ll keep working hard. It gives us a bit of time to work on a few things, analyse where we are in the league, regroup and go again.
“I think we’ve now played four teams who’ve then come out with a positive case. It’s just the way things are going to be this season. We’ve been tested throughout the season and I don’t think there’s any cause for concern at the moment, no one has come back with any symptoms so it’s just something we’ve got to get used to.”
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