HAVING tweaked his tactics to utilise the qualities of Danny Coid to greater effect, Kendal Town manager Dave Foster insists the early signs are promising.
The former Blackpool full-back – who played close to 300 games during his Bloomfield Road career – was deployed further forward against Wakefield on Saturday in support of frontman Danny Mitchley.
Coid had a positive effect on the game and scored Kendal’s third goal, something Foster hopes will be a more regular occurrence over the coming weeks.
“We’ve looked long and hard at what we’ve got and Danny has such good quality on the ball,” he said.
“We feel if he plays in the hole, in that withdrawn number ten role, he will be difficult to mark.
“He and Mitch seem to have an understanding, they see things which others don’t, so we’re trying to get Danny further up the pitch and perhaps have a bigger impact than he does.
“He is capable of threading balls through and linking with the wide players while also naturally being able to drop into midfield if necessary.
“And I thought he did well on Saturday and he is someone who perhaps should be scoring a few more goals.”
Another change also saw the captain’s armband handed to Warren Beattie, which followed contact from the league authorities regarding Coid’s three bookings this season for dissent.
“Unfortunately, Danny is on a bit of a tightrope at the minute, he’s had three dissent bookings so very reluctantly I have had to take the arm-band off him to protect him,” added Foster.
“In a nutshell, he just cannot get booked again for dissent so at this moment in time he’s not going to be captain on the pitch, although still very much captain off it.
“I’m sure he’ll still lead as he always does but I’ve got to try and reduce the amount of time he spends talking to the referees – it’s a bit of a self-preservation order.”
The Mintcakes were flying in their clash with Wakefield until a late comeback, including a stoppage-time leveller, robbed Kendal of maximum points.
And Foster believes individual errors are costing his side dear at present, a problem he hopes his squad can eradicate going forward, starting with Saturday’s clash at home to Cammell Laird.
“I thought we were very good for 70 minutes up until they scored – it was very frustrating to concede three goals late on and certainly felt like two points dropped,” he said.
“We had a very good first-half and one or two chances to extend the lead even further and kill the game but two individual errors cost us late on.
“Individuals make mistakes and it’s difficult to take – we’re making far too many at the moment and not getting away with them.
“We’re getting fully punished and it’s frustrating.”
Meanwhile, 20-goal leading scorer Mitchley is a doubt for Saturday’s game after suffering a suspected hamstring injury at Wakefield.
Experienced goalkeeper Craig Dootson has departed Parkside Road and signed for Droylsden, while the finishing touches are being added to an extension of Will Bell’s loan deal from Morecambe.