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Mixed feelings for Akrigg following Darwen victory

1 week ago By Callum Chadwick

Widnes co-boss breathes a sigh of relief after Widnes hold on for 3-2 win

Co-manager Steve Akrigg left the WEC Anchor Ground on Thursday night with mixed feelings after watching Widnes hold off a late AFC Darwen rally to record a 3-2 win in the Hallmark Security League Premier Division.

Akrigg admitted that his Widnes side were lacking in many departments tonight, but praised their work-rate in securing a vital three points with six league games remaining.

"We made hard work of the three points to be honest," Akrigg said.

"The pitch wasn't the best but I don't think that we used it in the second half. It's hard for defenders playing on a surface like that. We didn't maintain the ball effectively in that half.

"We conceded two sloppy goals that let them back into the game, but a win's a win.

"It's three points at the end of the day - that's what we came here for and that's what matters."

With players missing, Akrigg believes that the hard-fought win will instil newfound belief and confidence into his side heading into a tough run of game.

He said: "We had to use the squad today with lads missing, so it's a real confidence boost moving forward.

"That puts us seven points clear of third place and seven points off the top.

"It's back-to-back victories now heading into a tough game at 1874 Northwich on Saturday.

"We should have the majority of the squad available again at 1874, which will be another tough game for us.

"We'll look at who is fit and ready heading into that game, and we'll make sure that we prepare properly."

Ahead of the trip to 1874, Akrigg downplayed the significance of the Greens having to play three games in as many days - a run that ends with the visit of Widnes on Saturday.

"It's just important that we focus on our own gameplan heading into Saturday," Akrigg said.

"Three points is the priority heading into every game between now and the end of the season. Saturday is now different.

"Obviously they have to use their squad effectively because of the amount of games they have to play.

"They had a good run in the FA Vase which shows what they're capable of, but no matter what side they have out, it's down to us to put a team out there capable of winning the game."

Updated 23:44 - 12 Apr 2018 by Callum Chadwick

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