In a “suck-it-and-see” season, Tom Wade toasts his 150th game at Blyth Spartans “delighted” to be “ahead of schedule but still developing.
Urging patience among a team whose confidence soars, he says home form can “really get things going”.
Blyth are third in Evo-Stik Premier, and host 17th-placed Nantwich Town today. And racking up his century-and-a-half as assistant, caretaker and fully-fledged manager, Wade said: “The lads are probably playing better away from home because there is slightly less pressure.
“At home there are expectations and rightly so. The supporters have been great and they have been patient. The secret to our season is winning at home and the supporters are a big part of that.
“If we start winning consistently with the Green Army behind us then we really can get things going. It’s still a suck-it-and-see season for us but the players are getting to the stage where they expect to win every game.
“They’re putting pressure on themselves but we still need to be patient with them and realise they are still developing.
“We are still ahead of schedule here and we are still in the development stage with this side but I am delighted with how the lads have conducted themselves and it’s all looking good.” Not least the fact that eight different players have registered on the scoresheet so far this season, and after man-of-the-match Nathan Buddle’s winner at Barwell last week, Wade said: “He wants to play centre-back but we have put him at right-back to learn what the game is all about.
“We are trying to develop him as a footballer.
“He’s been excellent since he signed, and earned that shirt. The goal was the icing on the cake.”