Lance Key salutes the growing resolve at Histon

PUBLISHED: 13:42 10 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:42 10 February 2017

Histon's Matty Allan. Picture: Mark Hopkin

Histon's Matty Allan. Picture: Mark Hopkin

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Lance Key has hailed the resolve of his Histon squad as they have put together a five-match unbeaten run in a bid to avoid relegation from the Evo-Stik League Southern, Division One Central.

At the turn of the year they looked in a perilous position in the bottom two, but the manager had faith in his squad as the performances were just not reflected in the results.

And having won four and drawn one of their last fives games, they have put themselves in with a big chance of avoiding relegation.

Ben Yeomans and Tommy Wright scored in their latest game as they came back to earn a 2-2 draw with Northwood last Saturday.

“Although we only drew the game you could say we possibly should have had all three points,” said Key. “It was a deserved point and showed the resolve the team have at the moment.

“We look difficult to beat at the moment and long may that continue.

“Dan Gleeson couldn’t play because of a hamstring problem but on Saturday – we definitely missed him as he is an important player – we didn’t fold without him, and Pat Bexfield came in and did a very good job. There is a willingness to do a little bit more because they can see daylight now with a point behind and a game in hand.

“From a manager’s point of view, it’s fantastic. The way it has gone just shows how quickly it can change. Also, in this run we have had three games where we have been behind and two of them we have won and the other we drew.

“It’s going well at the moment, it’s a nice place to be and a buoyant dressing room.

“We’re nowhere near where we want to be yet, but we’re so much closer to where we want to be than a few weeks ago.”

Key pointed to the arrival of former Cambridge United defender Dan Gleeson and coach Mark Critoph and the change in position of Matty Allan as having positive impacts on their change in fortunes.

“It helps with Dan’s experience at the back and when you have someone on the pitch barking orders it makes a big difference,” said Key.

“Mark in the changing room is a different voice and people listen to him. We have done things a little bit differently and simplified things on matchdays.

“With Matty Allan going up top as a central striker, he has natural pace and loves running with the ball. He gets kicked from pillar to post at times but his attitude is spot on. He is thriving.”

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