Attack, attack, attack! Boss Greene says Boston United only know how to play one way

Goals, goals, goals! United celebrate Liam Agnew's finish last season. EMN-140705-102401001
Goals, goals, goals! United celebrate Liam Agnew's finish last season. EMN-140705-102401001

All out attack is the best way for Boston United to fulfil their ambitions of a return to the Conference Premier, says boss Dennis Greene.

Last season the Pilgrims won a lot of admirers for their full-throttle emphasis on outscoring their opponents.

Indeed, the previous campaign saw United finish as the Skrill North’s third-highest scorers - behind Altrincham (95) and Hednesford Town (87) - as they netted 85 times from their 42 league fixtures.

In total, they celebrated 95 goals overall, scoring 10 further times in cup competitions.

And when asked if this season’s emphasis would remain on attack, manager Greene said: “Absolutely. I don’t know how to play any other way.”

But behind the jokes, Greene - himself a striker with Wycombe Wanderers in his playing days - believes there is a serious reason why he wants his side to continue searching for goals.

“If you can score goals then you’ve always got a chance in any game,” he added.

“If a team is set up to defend and they go 1-0 down then everybody starts looking around and wondering where they go from there. They lose confidence.

“But if a team is set up to attack then they can go a goal down, maybe two down, and still think ‘we’ve got goals in us, we’re not out of this yet.”

“This team will always go gung-ho, because it’s the best way I know.

“Last season we were able to score two or three goals in the space of a few minutes, and that can completely change a game or even win you the game.

“If you can score goals then you can always play with belief, and then you don’t give up.”

Of course, setting a team up to play in a cavalier manner will always leave a defence more exposed - just as Roy Hodgson’s England proved at this year’s World Cup.

Perhaps that will explain why only two sides in the Skrill North’s top 11 conceded more league goals than Boston last season.

Tenth-placed Bradford Park Avenue shipped 70 goals and Hednesford picked the ball out of their net 65 times last season, while United conceded 60 times, the 11th leakiest defence from a total of 22 teams.

But Greene is adamant he has a back line capable of playing their part in vital victories next term.

“We’ve got a quality back four,” he added.

“Sometimes the team puts a bit more pressure on them by looking for goals, but we have players more than capable of doing a job at the back there.”

Last season, United’s tactics saw them pick up 49 points from 21 home matches as they finished a place shy of a play-off spot.

Their Achilles’ heel was on the road, where they won just five times.

Greene added: “If we cango for it again and replicate our home form next season, and win eight or nine times away from home, and draw a few more, then we’ll have enough points for a top-five place, maybe even enough to win it.”