South Shields boss expects big reaction from side

EXPECTATION ... Jon King has demanded his players put in a much-improved performance tomorrow.
EXPECTATION ... Jon King has demanded his players put in a much-improved performance tomorrow.

JON King has called on his players to produce a “big response” tomorrow as South Shields travel to Whickham.

King was left bitterly disappointed with his side last week as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Alnwick Town.

Afterwards, he described their performance as “unacceptable” as the Mariners slipped to a third successive defeat.

This weekend, Shields face two away trips, with a game at Esh Winning on Monday to follow the Whickham clash.

And King is hopeful he will get a reaction from his team.

The Shields manager said: “I’m looking for a big response from the players after the last performance.

“I can’t remember us playing as badly as that over two halves, but we’ve got two games over this weekend and that’s a great chance for the lads to put things right.

“Lots of players need to improve on what they showed in the last game, and the attitude and desire need to be much better as well.

“I’m expecting us to be much-improved from the Alnwick game, as the lads very rarely back a poor performance up with another one.

“We’ll have a much stronger squad to pick from as well, and with the players we’ve got coming back, I expect to get the reaction I’m looking for.”

Captain Chris Locke and long-serving striker Stephen Ramsey will return from suspension for Shields tomorrow, while Chris Rue will also be available again.

Shields will be up against a Whickham side sitting eighth in Northern League Division Two.

King added: “Whickham are a really good side, especially at home.

“They’re well-organised and always finish in the top half, so we know it’s going to be another difficult one for us.

“Chris Locke, Stephen Ramsey and Chris Rue will be back for us, though, and they are three big players.”

Lee Maitland remains suspended for Shields, while Baptiste Fixot is a doubt.

However, goalkeeper Steven Hubery will return to contention for the 3pm kick-off at Glebe Sports Ground.