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MANAGER: It'd be easy to put that over the bar

Chris Beech on a striker in a rich vein of form

19 March 2021

Forward Ozzy Zanzala has struck real form in recent weeks, with the manner of his goal against Mansfield on Tuesday night impressive in both the emphatic nature of its finish and the anticipation shown in the build-up to make sure he was where it mattered most when it mattered most.

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Speaking about the clinical nature of the strike after the game, Chris Beech said: “It was a great goal and a really concentrated finish. It’s easy to put that over the bar but he concentrates and puts it in the back of the net, so well done Ozzy. 

“Everything about the goal is what we ask for. Brilliant. I was really pleased with Jon Mellish driving. I call it drive and slide, get the other side of the opponent, drive with the ball and slide the pass to your mate.

“If Jon Mellish did that better I have no doubt he wouldn’t be here. It’s the same theory behind it, he’s had a good go, the ricochet goes to the six-yard box and Ozzy is there to do what he did.

“He didn’t have many chances, and that’s what makes the power, composure and accuracy of his finish so good. He concentrated and put the ball in the back of the net, so he did very well there.

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“The thing with Ozzy is that he’s a good lad and he’s got a great personality. That’s why we tried to upskill the squad in January. He’s brought a different element to centre-forward play, so I’m really pleased about that.

“But it’s just been a little difficult the situation we’re put in to get into playing regular and training regular outside. Now we look more competitive, harder to beat, and individuals are working hard for themselves and for the team.

“I’m really pleased with the effort from the players and we’ve got to keep moving forward. I’ve told the players in the changing room that I want catch-up now in terms of what they owe me.

“We’re winning again, but we didn’t see it through, and we’ve got to get three points out of situations like that more often. Then we can all really start to get excited again.”

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