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Sinnott: We are on the right path

Altrincham boss Lee Sinnott talks to Ben Kelly about his return to management with the Robins and his expectations for the season.

Are you enjoying your return to management and what are your expectations for the season?

I am enjoying it, we had a great result on Tuesday [Altrincham’s 6-1 win over Colwyn Bay] - there are things that we need to iron out but we are on the right path. We will keep the same expectations, we want to be as successful just like everybody else but there are still some things to clear up. We have put in some great performances this season and then let ourselves down, we have played 10 games now and in those games we have created enough chances to win but we have also conceded goals where we could have done better. On Tuesday night our finishing was very clinical and I believe it was a hard result on Colwyn Bay because I was impressed with them. It perhaps was a tighter game then what the score line suggested but obviously we did get those chances and we put them away.

Damian Reeves has made a tremendous start, will he be a key factor for you this season?

He has had a great start to the season. I have known him for a very long time whilst he was at the Leeds United Academy and he could have had 12 or 13 goals by now because that is the amount of chances we are creating. His finishing against Colwyn Bay was very clinical and I am sure if we can keep creating chances for him and the other forwards then we can keep finding the back of the net.

Hyde have made a great start to the season, do you think they can be caught by you or anyone else?

I have been in this situation before when teams have flying starts but they get caught. I am not saying that is going to happen to Hyde because they have made a phenomenal start. When you begin the season you could say a quality start would be some wins, a couple of draws and a loss but they have done excellently. It is a long season though and you don’t know what it may bring up. I mean they could lose some key players and lose their momentum in some way so I have just told my players to get their heads down and take it game by game. 

Do you have aspirations to get into the Football League?

Our aspirations are to get promoted out of this league and build a team that is capable of competing in the league above us. We do not want to just survive because Altrincham did extremely well in previous seasons but it always was a battle against relegation. We want a squad capable of not flirting with relegation in the Blue Square Premier because it is a very competitive league with probably 11 or 12 ex-league clubs. 

Have you found it difficult to bring new players to the club after the relegation?

The club is very well run and we are not going to go beyond our limitations. We have managed to keep about half of the players last season but the team is an on-going process and you do not stand still. We have had interest with people wanting to play for Altrincham but they have to be the right players and building a team takes time.

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