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Diss Town boss not getting carried away by positive start to the season

Manager Michael King is unsurprised by the positive start his Diss Town side have made to the new season – but there is no danger of him getting carried away.

Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with AFC Sudbury Reserves made it seven points from 12 so far in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North.

And with games in hand on all of the teams around them, 10th-placed Diss could conceivably find themselves comfortably ensconced in the top half over the coming weeks.

Diss Town manager Michael King. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Diss Town manager Michael King. Picture: Mark Bullimore

Such a start will have surprised many given that King, who was appointed in July, had to build an entire new squad in a relatively short period of time.

However, he was always confident of the quality the players he brought in possessed – and he is backing them to improve further during the coming months.

“I’m sure some people are surprised by what we’ve done but I’m not,” he said.

“I was always confident in our ability as a management team to get things right tactically, but also in the players we managed to get in during the summer.

“We’ve got seven points from 12 and that’s a good start, but that’s all it is – a good start, nothing else. It’s no more or no less than that.

“The challenge now is to maintain what we’ve been doing and I actually believe this group will get better as we go on.

“But when you factor in the situation when we came in, we have to be happy with where we are at the moment.”

While Saturday’s score draw with Sudbury’s second string stretched Diss’ unbeaten league run to three matches, King felt it was a case of two points dropped.

Captain Kyle Baker twice put the hosts in front at Brewers Green Lane, only for Sudbury to respond on both occasions – their second goal coming in the 90th minute.

King said: “When you look at the performance as a whole it’s probably two points dropped.

“For large spells we were very good and it is the most in control of a game we have been all season.

“But we didn’t take our chances to make it 3-1 and we’ve ended up being punished.

“It’s disappointing but we can learn from it, as well as taking the positives from the performance.”

Diss now have back-to-back away games, against Haverhill Borough tomorrow (3pm) and Great Yarmouth Town on Wednesday (7.45pm).

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