“I suppose you’ve got to call me a managerial genius,” laughs Mark Morsley

Luke Ingram charges down the Harrow Borough goalkeeper on Saturday afternoon, a game Needham won 2-1

Luke Ingram charges down the Harrow Borough goalkeeper on Saturday afternoon, a game Needham won 2-1. - Credit: Archant

‘I suppose you’ve got to call me a managerial genius’ - those were the words laughed by Needham Market boss Mark Morsley after his side picked up a crucial 2-1 victory over Harrow Borough on Saturday afternoon.

Darryl Coakley passionately celebrates his winner.

Darryl Coakley passionately celebrates his winner. - Credit: Archant

Tied at 1-1 with 15 minutes remaining, Morsley opted to change from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2, moving the dangerous Luke Ingram out wide and placing Keiran Morphew higher up the pitch alongside striker Reece Dobson.

And this move ultimately saw Needham win the game, with Morphew’s physical presence turning the screw for Needham, while Ingram won the free-kick from which Darryl Coakley scored immaculately.

“I suppose you’ve got to say that I’m a managerial genius,” laughed Morsley.

“Nobody else agrees with me but there you go!


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“Nothing less than a win would’ve done and that’s why at 1-1, we went quite offensive.

“We went for it, and we had to go for it and we could have had three or four goals in the last 15 minutes.

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“Keiran (Morphew) gives us everything and, us as a management team, felt that we should play with two wingers and put him up there near Reece (Dobson).

“He’s a difficult unit to stop when he’s in full-flow as you saw from the thumping header that almost broke the bar!

“I rolled the dice and it paid off, but I’ve rolled the dice many times as it hasn’t paid off, but that’s life and football management.”

Of Coakley’s superb match-winning free-kick, Morsley, who could relegate his former club AFC Sudbury tomorrow, said: “It was different class.

“I was standing right behind it and nobody would’ve saved that.

“He’s a great lad, but he should score more goals, which I’ve been telling him.

“He came with me right when I first came back to the club and he’s been here ever since, he’s a loyal servant and I thought him and Jack Simmons were the men of the match, they were both excellent.”

Morsley was happy with his team’s performance and result, as they kept their season alive by winning a game where only a win would do.

“I thought we were excellent,” said Morsley whose side remain one point short of the Ryman Premier Division play-offs, with two games left.

“It was a committed performance from a team who stick together and believe in each other.

“Harrow Borough were a difficult side to play against, they had nothing to play for, but we kept going and I was really proud of my boys.”

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