Shropshire Star

Kevin Wilkin not bothered by Telford criticism

AFC Telford United manager Kevin Wilkin was largely unmoved by any criticism of his side’s approach to the game as they held high-flying Chester to a 1-1 draw.


Defender Harry Flowers had given the Bucks a 27th-minute lead, after which the high-flying hosts struggled to break down an obdurate Bucks defensive display, which incorporated some textbook ‘game management’.

“I’ve been on the receiving end of that in many games,” he said. “It can be frustrating, and it’s not always the greatest spectacle, but the most important thing for us is to win games, however that looks.

“It’s about finding a way to win games. Sometimes it has to happen – we need to continue to grind and to earn the right and that’s where we find ourselves at the moment.

“In the coming weeks and months, we’d like to be more progressive and to play to a faster tempo, and to put more points on the board.”

Telford were eventually forced to settle for a point having gone down to nine men after red cards for Montel Gibson and Adam Senior – the former dismissed for an alleged elbow and the latter for a second booking picked up for time-wasting late on.

Of Gibson’s dismissal, Wilkin said: “Away from home in front of a strong and passionate home crowd, we all know what the referee is going to do in that position. He (Gibson) has allowed the referee to make a decision.

“The second one (Senior) is disappointing. I feel if you want to make a point about time-wasting you don’t have to do that with a player that’s already on a yellow card when there are nine other players out there.”