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McDonald determined to silence critics
8:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
THREE wins in seven days have gone some way to silencing Redditch United boss Liam McDonald’s fiercest critics.
The young Reds manager says he was hurt by some of the citicism on fans forums and social networking sites by a ‘handful’ of people.
But a 4-2 win at Burnham, followed by a first home win of the season against Hitchin Town - playing most of the game with ten men, then a dramatic 6-4 defeat of Stratford Town on Monday in the Red Insure League Cup will give the doubters plenty to mull over.
Speaking ahead of the FA Trophy first qualifying round tie at home to Chasetown McDonald admitted: “I’ve had some sleepless nights up until the last week - it just seems like some people were waiting for me to fail.”
But he said he refused to let the comments affect him or his team.
“I have to say i’ve been hurt by some of the criticism and abuse direct at me. I’m a young manager, it’s my first job, I’m only 28.
“This was the best way of answering them. I even said to the players after Saturday that they had probably stopped me being hammered for a week.
“We have a really strong dressing room, probaly the best I’ve been in - and that includes being at Barwell when we went more than 60 games unbeaten and won the Midland Alliance - and when you have players who are prepared and want to work for you that alone will get you points.
“The players needed that home win and I needed it two and I believe if we can keep this wiining run going then we can be hard to beat because the confidence has never been in question, but we did need to tighten up at the back which we have done since Nathan Jackson came in.
“I spoke to some of the fans after the Burnham game and they rightly want to know what is going on at the club. I’m a football supporter too, I understand that. The players have read some of the comments but they are 100 per cent behind me.
”The chairman has also been brilliant. He believes in me and has supported me in everything I’m trying to do at Redditch.”
The fixtures come thick and fast for Redditch as they are at home to Bideford side in the Calor Southern Premier Division on Monday. Like the Reds they narrowly avoided relegation - in their first season at premier division level - but now find themselves in third place in the table.
McDonald said: “They have improved dramatically since last season and will be hoping to get out of this division this time but if the lads continue to give 100 per cent like they have been doing we can get a good result.”