CHRIS HARDY: Delighted to have Dale Hopson and Callum Patton back in action

It was great to see Dale Hopson back in action - even if the result wasn’t what we were hoping for against a strong FC United of Manchester outfit.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 2:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 2:40 pm
Chris Hardy's column

Having Dale and Callum Patton back in among the squad is a huge boost for everyone, they’re players of immense quality and it’s great to have them out on the field rather than sat in the stands and unable to affect things.

I thought we put in a solid display Saturday and probably deserved to nick a point against a very strong side.

The sending off was clearly a major turning point in the game, and I have to say the referee probably got it right.

Kieza (Kieran Weledji) has been superb all season for us, but he got himself in a bit of trouble by allowing the ball to bounce and tried to get himself out of bother.

There was another bumper crowd in for the game on Saturday, clearly boosted by FC United’s strong away following, but I’m so pleased with the increase in attendances this season.

This is a huge achievement for the club and I have to give a big pat on the back to everyone involved.

To the fans who are coming down in bigger numbers to support the team, the players who are putting in the performances on the pitch, and also to everyone involved at the club behind the scenes for their massive efforts.

I am looking to do some business before the end of the week as we head into a tough test on the road at Warrington.

The squad needs strengthening and we are working hard to draft a couple of new faces into the club, hopefully they’ll be done by the end of the week.

We’re hoping to have Brad Fewster back in the group for training on Thursday night, which would again be a welcome boost for us.

He won’t be involved in full contact as we need to be patient with Brad to ensure he doesn’t suffer a relapse of his injury.

Warrington will represent a very tough test on Saturday.

They’re a very stereotypical side for the level.

They have a strong side, they’re rigid, organised, powerful and organised and have good quality in the right areas.

We’ll need to be at our very best if we want to come away from the contest with anything and we’ll be working hard to do just that.