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New Kingstonian boss Spencer Knight says supporters can expect the team to score more goals

By Joe Acklam

24th Nov 2022 | Football


"I think we are generally quite solid, but we get into good areas and we are not quite finishing off the chances."- Spencer Knight. Photo: Martin Addison.
"I think we are generally quite solid, but we get into good areas and we are not quite finishing off the chances."- Spencer Knight. Photo: Martin Addison.

Spencer Knight says that his main focus is on getting Kingstonian to score more goals as he takes the reigns as the first team manager of Kingstonian. 

Lee O'Leary stepped down as manager last week for family reasons and was replaced by Knight, who lost his first game in charge 2-1 against Leatherhead in the Velocity Cup. 

Knight said in his first interview as manager that his main aim is to put an exciting team on the pitch that can score more goals than they have so far been able to. 

Speaking to club media, he said: "Ultimately you want a winning brand of football, everyone wants to play the beautiful game but you have to be realistic with the players at your disposal and the pitches that we play on at times. 

"I certainly want to put a team out that I like to watch, we are not going to be a long ball team or a team that goes back to front on a regular basis, because I don't want to watch that and hopefully the supporters feel the same. 

"But it is a results driven business, so the way I want our team to play is with an attacking threat, but also to be defensively solid as you want perfection as a manager. 

"The key for me is for people to watch my teams and think that they are well coached, there is a structure to it and going forward we have patterns that we have been working on and there is end product. 

"That is the thing I think we need to kick on with, I think we are generally quite solid, but we get into good areas and we are not quite finishing off the chances. 

"So that is the key for me in the next few weeks is to try and improve us in that area." 

Knight was the assistant manager under O'Leary and said that he wants to continue the vision that the pair had begun to build together. 

He said: "Individually everyone has their own ideas as to the way they would manage, but Lee [O'Leary] and I were very much a partnership and I am not looking to rip up the play book and start totally from scratch. 

"It has been difficult; it is well documented that the previous regime left us with a mess and not many players. 

"Drastic changes in the financial circumstances of the club have meant that it has been a rebuild from scratch and we had not finished, that was quite clear. 

"We weren't the finish article, so I just need to continue that now and implement some small tweaks to the way we play that are more my individual style than was Lee's. 

"There won't be anything dramatically different, we want to continue that work, try and get some fresh faces in, and try and climb up the league." 

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