Assistant Manager Dave McTiernan offered his thoughts in the wake of a six goal hammering of Sunderland RCA.

‘Macca’ praised the efforts of what remains a threadbare squad, as goals from Adam Boyes, Curtis Round and an outstanding Layton Watts settled a fourth successive victory at Sunderland LGV Park.

Adam Boyes lead the forward charge, netting his first treble in red and navy from the exploits of Layton Watts.

That same combination came to fruition for Curtis Round to notch his first, Boyes nodding a deep cross into his path for a simple finish.

Charlie Graham starred on the left flank, teeing up the number nine to seal his hat-trick, whilst picking out Layton Watts on the edge of the area for his deserved addition to the scoresheet.

 A tactical shift restricted Redcar’s joy as play resumed, but Layton Watts still found the space to lay on a second for Curtis Round, the forward slotting into an open net at the second time of asking.

DAVE McTIERNAN

Pleased with the endeavour of the squad over a tough few weeks, Dave McTiernan was keen to applaud what he labelled another outstanding display.

It was a great performance.

To be honest, coming here, we knew they had just come off the back of another heavy defeat. We knew they were a wounded animal.

We just came here, keeping our principles at play, getting our patterns going…

And it’s about us, we had to keep our attitude right, and I thought we were outstanding today from start to finish.

It could have been a lot more, if we were to be a little more critical.

But, the attitude has been great.

We’ve had eleven men the last couple of games, so it just shows the character of the boys really.

LAYTON WATTS

Tenacious. Creative. Visionary.

There aren’t many words that couldn’t be used to describe the performance of an enigmatic Layton Watts at Sunderland LGV Park, the midfielder the engineer of five of the six goals on the night.

McTiernan was quick to laud the 22-year-old’s efforts and contribution to an outstanding performance, applauding the crowd-favourite for heeding the words of the management team.

I thought Layton was outstanding. I really did.

First half, particularly.

He looked to get on the half-turn, we spoke to him about the areas we want him to play in.

He took that all on board, and he executed the tactics from us as coaching staff, which is really pleasing.

BUILDING MOMENTUM

Five successive wins on the Redcar seafront, four overall, the Steelmen seen to be picking up pace as the season nears a dramatic end.

Of course, the elusive play-offs are perhaps too far out of reach for a club marred by rather ambivalent fortunes for the majority of the campaign, but the assistant boss insisted that a strong finish is still important nonetheless.

When you first come into a job, you want to implement your style of play. You want players to understand the patterns.

With a lot of change-over at the club, a lot of players coming and going, I think, for us, we wanted to set up our principles as a coaching team.

We wanted the players to understand how we wanted them to play.

Now, they are all just executing the game plan week in and week out.

We’re building, and we’ll continue to. We’re building for next season, but ultimately, it is about finishing this season as strong as possible.

We want to give the fans something to shout about.

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