Blues assistant Thomas hails impact of former Hammers hero Dicks as Heybridge boss

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 November 2018

West Ham United First team coach Julian Dicks

West Ham United First team coach Julian Dicks

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Barking assistant manager Andre Thomas has praised the impact former West Ham United player Julian Dicks has had since taking over at Heybridge Swifts, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Blues travel away to the Aspen Waite Arena on Saturday to take on the in-form Swifts side as they look to build on their 2-1 win against Soham Town Rangers last weekend.

And Thomas knows it will be a tough test as their opponents have only lost once since 50-year-old Dicks took over the managerial reins on October 4.

“We’re going to look at things we can do well and how we can impose ourselves as we’re very aware it’s going to be difficult,” said former Clapton assistant manager Thomas.

“Julian Dicks has got them playing football and they’ve been on a good run of games, the fans are going to be there in numbers and will want to be heard, so it’s everything you’ll expect from a tough away day.

“However, that’s why we love the game, for us it’s all about knowing all of these things and finding ways to overcome it and leave there with a result.”

Thomas says Barking must be prepared for all scenarios and should not read too much into Heybridge’s 3-2 defeat to Great Wakering Rovers last weekend.

“Wakering beating them means things didn’t go right for Heybridge and for me that means they will look to rectify those mistakes,” he added.

“We can look at that result in two ways.

“There is vulnerability about them in certain areas or they’re going to come at us as much as possible looking for a response.

“We’re looking to be prepared for both possibilities.”

Thomas did reveal they have plenty of familiar faces and danger men, but his side must focus on their own performance.

“They have got danger men but so have we. We’ll see familiar faces in Toib Adeyemi and Kreshnic Krasniqi but we want them to focus on our players as much as we look at their players, if not more,” he said.

Thomas also insisted the performance is more important than the result if Blues want to be successful this campaign.

“We’d love to win every game, but understand that isn’t always the case, if we get the right performance every time we can accept that,” he added.

“The performance is the blueprint for success, when we perform we know we’ll get results.”

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