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"To go to Consett and win a derby, we are delighted with that." | Post-Match Reaction from Jon McDonald

After yesterday's 2-0 win against Consett at The Belle View Stadium, Dunston Manager Jon McDonald has spoken about the game.

It was a sixth win a row for Dunston. A win that sees us remain in 7th place in the Northern Premier League East table however, with games in hand on all the sides above and below in the standings.

"Overall, it was a good performance. It was two teams who operate different styles and systems, and a competitive fixture which we anticipated," McDonald said.

"I thought we created the better chances in the game and had more controlled possession, particularly in the second half. To go to Consett and win a derby, and keeping a clean sheet, we are delighted with that."

Midfielder David Robinson also continued his superb form as he netted his seventh and eighth goals of the season with a second half brace. He also hit the post in the first half and is proving to be a huge asset amongst the team.

"Robbo has done exceptionally well, but that doesn't surprise me one bit. I knew exactly what he would bring to the club.

"He's a top player and a great lad. We are delighted to have him and long may that continue." McDonald added.

As Jon mentioned, it was also another clean sheet added to the tally this season. It was a seventh clean sheet in 17 league games, with four of them clean sheets coming in the last five games. With the lack of games and multiple postponements, McDonald touched on the defensive work that is being done along with the recent schedule.

"Credit goes to all the lads for that. We've worked hard on our defensive organisation, and our structure behind the ball is something that we have been much better at. It's a record to be proud of, but we aren't getting carried away.

"It's a testament to the players' mentality and attitude. Even when we haven't had games, it's easy to get frustrated, but their standards have been high in training.

"They are a special group of lads. Physically we are a strong and fit side," McDonald said.

Finally, before a ball was kicked this season, Manager Jon McDonald mentioned that the key to potentially achieving promotion come the end of the season would be consistency. With 17 games played, 11 wins, three draws and three defeats, the consistency has certainly been there.

"It's very pleasing, but we haven't played half of our games yet. There is a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but it's very encouraging so far and we pleased with the start," McDonald said. 

By Callum Pattison

Image Credit - Beauty Time Photography

Published Sunday 14th January 2024