‘Jordan’s never let me down’, says Darlington boss Armstrong

Darlington's Jordan Watson. Picture: Ryan Jones

Jordan Watson is a manager’s dream!

That’s the view of Alun Armstrong, who has brought the dependable Darlington defender back in from the cold.

Watson had not played a minute of football until given his first start of the season last Tuesday away to Guiseley, and he also played in Saturday’s fixture at Alfreton, two victories which represented a return to form for Quakers.

The Guiseley game, a 4-1 win, was Watson’s first competitive start since February 8, with the former Blyth Spartans man preferred to the dropped Alex Storey at the heart of defence before moving to left-back when Michael Liddle was injured.

“I know what I’m going to get out of Jordan, he’s always seven out of ten,” said Armstrong. “He competes, he does the basics and I’ve no qualms whatsoever in him playing.

“He does everything I ask of him and I knew he would step up when called upon because he’s never let me down.

“He’s a manager’s dream! He doesn’t give me any grief, he knows Lidds is in front of him for that position, he knows others are in front of him at centre-half, but whenever he’s called on he steps up and does the job.

“He never sulks, just gets on with it and is such a good lad.”

Jordan Watson (left) before the recent Telford game with Sean Reid (centre) and Michael Liddle. Picture: Ryan Jones

Armstrong’s team play Bradford Park Avenue at Blackwell Meadows on Tuesday evening, aiming to carry on the momentum generated with two strong performances on the road over the last week.

The Guiseley performance put Quakers back on track after a couple of below-average performances against Boston United and AFC Telford.

Yet Armstrong admits winning 4-1 actually frustrated him, as he feels such standards should be met more often.

“It actually frustrates because I know what we’re capable of, everyone knows,” he said.

“I was probably a bit harsh on them after the Telford game but it had to be said. We were on top and dominating but not creating clear chances like we did at Guiseley.

“It helped massively having the three in midfield. We had three against Telford, but we didn’t have Wheats in there, it was Will’s first game back and Reidy was playing a bit further forward to occupy their centre-halves.”

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