LIAM MCDONALD praised his Redditch United players after they stunned runaway Calor Southern League Premier Division leaders Hemel Hempstead.

The Reds won 1-0 courtesy of Ashley Sammons’ goal, a result they followed up with a goalless draw at home to St Neots Town on Monday.

McDonald was obviously delighted with the result and the way his side had adapted against the best team in the division.

“We have some young players and sometimes they struggle to take on board what I’m trying to get them to do,” said McDonald.

“But they adapted to a slight change of formation and having watched the game back afterwards at no point did Hemel ever get on top of us, which people said before they inevitably would do.

“It was our best performance of the season and I would definitely have taken four points from those two games beforehand.

“We were slightly more defensive in our approach and restricted the league’s top striker Ben Mackey to just one shot in the entire game and it’s pleasing to know the lads can adapt to changes in our system now.”

Two clean sheets in three days was a bonus for the United boss, but he says the number of goals they have leaked this season has never been a major concern.

He added: “To be fair we play with four proper forwards who sometimes lack concentration when we don’t have the ball. But I think if you said to the lads before a game you’ll concede one today, they’d take that because they would fancy scoring two or three.

“Most teams are built from the back forward but last year Redditch were quite drab and I wanted us to be more offensive and entertaining for the supporters.”

Redditch are away to Biggleswade on Saturday before entertaining Truro on Monday.

They will be without Jermaine Hylton who serves the first of a three-game ban.