Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair says he is “loving it” at Hednesford Town and is confident that his side can avoid relegation.
The Pitmen sit second-bottom of the National League North after high-flying North Ferriby United bagged a 95th minute equaliser from the penalty spot on Tuesday night to snatch a much needed win from their grasp.
But Sinclair, who has been in charge at Keys Park since January, remains positive about his side’s performances.
“The biggest thing for me is that North Ferriby were second in the league and we’ve dominated them for the opening 45 minutes, and we’ve shown a gritty second half performance against a team that can cause people problems. They didn’t cause us any problems,” said Sinclair.
He added: “We’re all in it together. We’re all working hard behind the scenes and that’s what the players get paid for; they’re paid to give a hundred percent on the pitch regardless of the situation.”
Sinclair, who won both the FA Cup and League Cup and represented Jamaica as a player, is surprisingly no stranger to National League North relegation battles.
He successfully guided Colwyn Bay to safety in 2012/13 despite the club being nine points adrift at the bottom of the National League North.
“I love it. It’s a great challenge. I’ve been in this situation before and you’ve got to keep positive and keep encouraging these players to do what they do really well. As long as they do that, and as long as I keep doing that, then we’ll be fine,” he said.
“I am very confident we’ll be fine. It’s going to be difficult [to avoid relegation], don’t get me wrong, but I knew that before I took the job. That’s why I’m here.
“We’ll get better and better. There’s a lot of new bodies and faces that have not been at the club very long so we’ve not had the opportunity to work on everything as a group, and we’ve got the likes of [Kyle] Perry to come back into the team who’s been strong for us. “
Top scorer Perry will return from suspension in time for Saturday’s game against Chorley at Keys Park.