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“We were excellent man-for-man”, says Stock

by: theterras

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Brain Stock says there were some very good performances from his side in Weymouth’s second victory over high-flying Stockport County this season.

Weymouth had also previously beaten Stockport County when the two sides met in the Vanarama National League at Edgeley Park on Halloween last year.

It didn’t take long for Weymouth to shock the Hatters in the return fixture last weekend, in-form striker Andy Dallas gave the Terras an early lead with his strike into the top-corner, but a resolute defensive performance meant Weymouth were able to secure a valuable three points.

Terras captain Josh McQuoid, who returned to the centre of midfield after a period away injured, supplied the assist crossing after a bursting run, but the man of the match award went to on-loan goalkeeper Ethan Ross who had to make a series of saves whilst also celebrating his 24th birthday.

Speaking to uptheterras.co.uk, the Weymouth manager said, “I’m very delighted, we stuck to the game plan, I thought we were excellent man-for-man, our work-rate, our intensity to stop crosses and get blocks in.

“There were some very good performances there and we’ve beaten a very good side.”

Brian Stock’s side have only conceded 3 times in their past 6 home games since bolstering the defence with the signings of Dominic Revan and Jacob Mensah in January.

Promotion chasing Stockport County were forced to change their formation twice in the second-half as they struggled to breakdown the Terras defence, something the Weymouth management saw as a compliment to their own side.

“I think it’s a compliment,” continued Stock. “We then had to change again because I felt like we needed that extra body up-front and a bit more aerial ability with bringing Ben Thomson on, I felt like he held the ball up and ran in behind well.

“Although we were under quite a bit of pressure I felt we stood strong; out of possession we looked comfortable and when you look at the end of the game they’ve probably got 4 or 5 players leading the line up-front who were all over 6ft.

“I look at the performances, even when we lost at home to Notts County I thought we were the better side or at least deserved something out of the game.

“Going into the games, especially at home now, we’ve built that confidence and the changing room is buzzing. When you look back at the last eight or nine games we’ve been in every game and we’ve performed in every game, that’s really pleasing for me as a manager.”