14 Mar 2020 in News
Nash boss Mark Bradshaw reserved big praise for midfielder Mike Calveley in the aftermath of Curzon’s 2-0 victory away to Bradford (Park Avenue).
Calveley opened the scoring right at the end of the first half as the Nash picked up a huge three points to move them 11 ahead of the relegation zone.
The strike was Calveley’s fourth of the season and he has made himself one of the first names on the teamsheet with a series of impressive performances this season.
Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester after the game, Bradshaw said of Calveley: “He’s got stronger and stronger as the season’s gone on, he goes box to box the whole game and is getting on the end of things and scoring goals.
“He was at Nuneaton all last season at the bottom of the table so he’s got that fight in him. He’s enjoying his football, enjoying being in this dressing room and we’re hoping he can continue to get better and be a real influence on the team.”
“He took it early which I think surprised their ‘keeper and just powered through their back line” said Bradhsaw on Calveley’s opening goal. “First 20 minutes he was getting a bit frustrated with the role he was playing but we guided him to where he was meant to be and it worked perfectly.”
Bradshaw also admitted after the game that three points had been a must from this encounter.
“It was a must win game for both teams so it’s really pleasing that we’ve come out on top and deservedly so.
“I thought we controlled the first half really well. They came at us second half and we struggled to get going but what we did show was the character that we’ve got in the dressing room and how hard we’re willing to work for each other to make sure we stay in this league.”
Fabio Tavares sealed the win late on with his first Nash goal after being set up be fellow substitute Tunde Bayode.
After Isaac Sinclair had run himself into the ground in the first hour, the duo came off the bench to capitalise on the hosts’ fatigue, leaving Bradshaw suitably impressed.
“It’s something we’ve been doing and working on the last few weeks. They’re two young lads who have a lot of ability but maybe not the experience to start games yet, but as oppositions tire they’re the perfect foil to put on and cause problems.”