Harrow Borough boss says there is more to come from winger Salapatas
PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 January 2015
Harrow Borough boss Dave Anderson believes there is a lot more to come from flying Greek winger Nick Salapatas.
The pacy wide man was a threat throughout the 2-2 draw against Hendon on New Year’s Day and created Harrow’s second goal which was bravely finished by Harold Odametey.
Anderson wants the winger to work on the defensive side of his game, saying: “We’ve got a couple of players who have a bit of pace.
“Nick catches the eye. I think at times he frustrates me with his defensive duties. I think he’s willing but he just needs to learn that side of the job.
“When you are playing the top sides, you’ve got a responsibility to answer questions when they’ve got the ball.
“We were concerned all day about the right-back Chris Seeby getting forward and I thought he did that too easy at times.
“As much as he catches your eye going forward, tactically he caught mine going the other way.”
Borough gave a good account of themselves against high-flying Hendon, with captain Marc Charles-Smith giving them the lead from the penalty spot after he was fouled by Elliott Brathwaite just before half-time.
Brathwaite headed the Greens level before Odametey’s strike but the prolific Leon Smith grabbed an equaliser and Harrow were forced to settle for a point.
Anderson said: “When you are 2-1 up you want to win the game, but if you are honest with yourself you know they deserved something out of the game. They are a good side and it was a point gained.”
The major disappointment for Anderson were the injuries suffered by Odametey and Ben Long.
Anderson added: “I think on a pitch that cows would refuse to go on it wasn’t a bad game.
“It was honest, full-blooded, it was a derby game. Our problem is, we’ve lost our two central midfielders and that’s a real blow.
“They will both be out for a month plus – they are both medial ligament injuries. It’s a real blow.
“I think it is a stupid period in football. The professional managers moan about it and they are full time. They are playing on carpets and moaning about it, and getting £100,000 a week to do it.
“We are doing it on heavy, heavy pitches and I think if you look around the clubs over these two games in three days, you look at the injury count and I think it’s wrong.”
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