STEVE KITTRICK: Keeping things fresh in our final few games

Boro boss Steve Kittrick's weekly column
Boro boss Steve Kittrick's weekly column

Our mission at the moment is all about keeping things positive and making the club an attractive prospect for the players we are hoping to bring in next season.

I have always tried to play attractive football and do things the right way, which players tend to appreciate.

I have been here for around three months now and we have seen a number of changes.

We initially aimed at safety and that has been achieved and we also have the Doodson Trophy final, which everyone at the club is looking forward to.

It was never going to be an easy ride and maybe a few things that we have done haven’t worked, but I would like to assure everyone that everything I have done has been for the good of the club.

We have now switched our training sessions to Wednesday night to make things a little easier on the players.

Twice a week at this stage of the season is possibly too much, if they are not fit now then they shouldn’t be playing the game.

We have to make sure that we avoid injuries, so we can pick up results in the final games of the season and also ahead of the cup final.

We have been boosted by the return of Chris Bolder, who will bring a lot during that period.

He is now getting minutes here and there in matches. Chris has been training well, but obviously he’s going to be miles away because he hasn’t played a game in so long.

His experience is vital off the pitch and now he can offer that in bursts on it.

We may not have been picking up the results in recent weeks, but our performances are still good in patches.

In the second half at Spennymoor we were exceptional, at Kendal we did well for 80 minutes and then at Lancaster we looked useful in the second half.

There are a number of tired legs in the squad, so we have to keep players fresh.

Steve Roberts is a part of our management team at the club and I have been having chats about his under-21 players.

We would have no hesitation in calling on a few of them if we need to in the final few games.

That could well be something we look at to keep lads sharp before the final.