Andrew Dunn speaks with Ricky Marheineke following the Ives 2-0 victory over Kings Langley on Saturday.
“I was delighted with the win, as it was the perfect response from the defeat at Needham Market on Tuesday night. I felt with that game, we fell below the required standard and when you do that at this level, there is always going to be one outcome.
I felt we took the game to them, and created the best chances throughout the match, and thoroughly deserved the victory. We watched Kings Langley in their match on Monday and we knew what their strengths were and we decided what formation to play. With that in mind, I have to give credit to the players who executed our game plan really well.
In terms of team selection, it was really difficult to leave out Nabil Sharriff as obviously he has made an excellent start to the season. In all honesty, it could have been any of the forwards who was left out, but when Nabil came on, I thought his contribution was excellent, and had a hand in one of the goals.
It was good to have Dylan Williams back as he was unavailable on Tuesday night and I thought Myles Cowling was great for us too, and fully deserved the sponsors man of the match award.
There were impressive performances across the park and Greg Kaziboni is getting plenty of plaudits and rightly so as on his day, he is one of the best players in the league, and he is already proving what an outstanding signing he is for us. It’s also good to see Johnny Edwards in the goals again and I feel that the squad is in a very good place right now.
We have two matches next weekend which we are looking forward to. Dylan Williams left the field with an injury yesterday, but that is just an impact injury and he will be OK for selection ahead of Mickleover on Saturday. We have some footage on Mickleover and we will prepare for that one in training this week. As for the Rushden & Diamonds game on Monday, I don’t pay attention to the fact that they are currently bottom of the league. It’s still very early season, and they will be difficult opponents but we will be looking forward to what will no doubt be a keenly contested local derby”.