Dave Dempsey delighted to return to winning ways as Widnes face Kendal Town

Widnes find the back of the net against Marine.

Widnes manager Dave Dempsey has praised his players for their performances in the win over 1874 Northwich.

They returned to winning ways last week with a 3-0 away at 1874. ending a run of five straight league defeats.

James McCulloch, Alex McMillan and John McGrath all found the back of the net to hand them valuable three points as they look to move away from the relegation zone.

On Saturday, they face relegation-threatened Kendal Town, who are just seven points behind.

They held City of Liverpool to a 0-0 draw last week but Dempsey expects a ‘dangerous’ game.

“We were doing the right things. One or two decisions have killed us at times, refereeing decisions but it was almost sort of no light at the end of the tunnel with it,” he told Off The Park.

“We just kept positive, playing in the same way and believing what we’re trying to implement as a management team.

“Saturday they were absolutely outstanding, never set up any differently, never changed personnel drastically we had one or two changes but that was down to suspension, injuries, it wasn’t anything to do with performances and it just clicked really positive on the whole but quite relieved to finally get the three points.  

“The attitude of players haven’t been poor, the sessions have been good, they’ve trained well. We didn’t do anything the week just gone that we didn’t do in previous weeks.

“We’ve had a really difficult run of games, we played Leek Town at home – who are strong – were playing Clitheroe away, Colne and Marine, down to 10 men and we’ve been beaten by the odd goal.

“It’s down to split decisions, not clearing lines when you need to and overplay, goals at crucial times, the timings of goals we’ve conceded have been hard to take, every game there’s been a different element to it and just not had the rub of the green.

“All’s we’ve had to do is believe that what we’re doing is the right thing, trusting that process, get the lads to buy into what we’re doing as well to remain on track.

“To be fair to the boys, it was on them Saturday they were absolutely outstanding from one to 16. The attitude when they turned up, the warm-up, took out onto the pitch everything that we’ve discussed on the Thursday, we just had to keep going, believing and it’s taken care of itself on Saturday. 

“The fans have been brilliant in recent weeks, sticking with us even in the dark times. They dragged us through on Saturday and we were all delighted to give them a win. 

“We’ve had them watched, we know what’s needed. We’re probably going to have a lot of the football at times, we’re going to have chances, it’s going to be a different beast to the games we’ve had in previous weeks in the likes of Marine, Leek, Clitheroe, it’s going to be a different type of game.

“It’s up to the players to take the chances when they come about, don’t be bored, impatient and trust you will get your chance score, when that chance arises it’s up to the lads to put the ball in the back of the net whilst keeping it tight at the back.

“We know what we’re going to be coming up against, these types of games are always dangerous, certainly after getting a new manager, they’ll be well organised, hard to breakdown and being hard to beat. We just need to use the ball well, capitalise on chances when they come, remain focused and don’t get impatient.”

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