Dickie Ord remains positive despite last week’s setback

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MANAGER Dickie Ord was unfazed at Durham City’s 3-0 defeat last week and vowed that one day the Citizens will batter their opponents, writes Malcolm Pratt.

He said: “We dominated the first half against Skelmersdale United who are early-season pace-setters in the Evo-Stik League Division One North.

“We carried on for 15 minutes in the second half as we had played in the first. We hit the post and were twice one on one with their goalkeeper.

“In all honesty we should have beaten them and their management team said that we were the best side they’d played so far.

“That was nice to hear but was of little consolation and we’ve got to start and turn our superiority into account beginning at home to Cammell Laird tomorrow.”

Chairman Austin Carney, who had a meeting with his manager on Thursday to discuss team affairs, is pleased with the way the former Sunderland defender has performed since taking sole charge of the squad.

“It’s no secret that things were a bit fraught but now we are on an even keel and everybody is giving their support to Dickie,” said Carney.

Ord meanwhile discounted speculation that Josh Home Jackson could be leaving New Ferens Park.

Sunderland RCA have made overtures for the player who is under contract with City. “He’s been in Crete for several weeks and hasn’t played for us to date so there’s no likelihood of him moving on,” claimed Ord.

Stephen Thompson, Lewis Graham and Chris Copeland all miss tomorrow’s game but Gary Brown is free from suspension and could make an immediate return to the line-up.