Wings boss Warren Feeney was delighted to see his game plan pay off as his side swept aside in-form Oxford City with an emphatic 5-0 victory at Park View Road on Saturday.
Ade Azeez’s first-half hat-trick was complemented by a Stefan Payne brace as Welling climbed into sixth place with an outstanding performance, and the Wings’ manager was pleased that the week’s preparation on the training ground had paid off.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” he said.
“They were in and around the play-offs last year. We watched them, we knew they’ve only conceded three goals this year, but we had a game plan that we worked on with the players and you could look at it and say it worked brilliantly today!
“Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, but the players listened to everything I said and I think with the performances of late, we’ve deserved that – we knew there was one coming.”
“We won’t get carried away,” he added.
“Whether you win 1-0 or 5-0, I said to the boys to be ruthless – you look at the Liverpools and the Man Cities, they don’t care who they play, they’re just ruthless. “But I’m also pleased with the clean sheet, first and foremost.”
Meanwhile, Feeney was quick to praise his players for their attitude and spirit following a solid start to the campaign which has seen them pick up four wins and a draw from their first seven games of the campaign.
“We’re probably a little bit ahead of where we expected to be honest, because it’s difficult with the amount of players that we brought in,” he explained.
“You’ve got to get them to gel, but they’re a great bunch. There’s a great team spirit and I’m just pleased for everyone today – we are moving forward as a club, on the park and off it, and the big thing was to get a home win today.”
Finally, Feeney provided an update on hat-trick hero Azeez’s injury after the striker was forced off in the second half.
“We’ll have to see how Ade is,” he said.
“He may have to miss next week, I’ll be honest. We have to be careful with it, assess it and hopefully it’s not bad. We’ll give him all the support and help we can.”
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