Interview: Killick happy to ride out Lee’s “hot streak”

Dolphins boss Tom Killick is more than happy to see striker Tony Lee scoring for fun – but rejected claims that his side were solely relying on the in-form hitman for goals.

Lee, who is the top goalscorer across the four divisions at Step 3, has plundered 11 goals in just eight appearances so far this season. Usually, Killick’s sides see multiple goal contributors, with no single player reaching 20 goals since Steve Smith and Charlie Austin in the Wessex Premier.

Aside from Lee’s goalscoring form, his manager also praised his work-rate – something Killick had called for at the start of the season.

Killick told All Poole Aren’t We: “A big percentage of our goals are coming from him. In a way, you just have to take a hot streak from your striker and then perhaps, if the goals dry up, you look for other people to step in.

“I thought the good thing about Tony against Taunton he bullied their defenders all game. They really didn’t want to be out there with him. Every ball that went into the box, they were worried about him and the physicality of him.

“I felt that was a big part of that game, because every time we put balls into the box, it did look as if they weren’t particularly keen on defending them.

“That was the pleasing thing about his performance – not just the goals again, but the physicality of his game. Occupying defenders, really bullying them.”

Whilst there were joyous celebrations to Poole’s last gasp equaliser, Killick feels slightly disappointed that Poole did not come away with all three points on Tuesday.

“It’s the same old story,” continued Killick.

“Against Met Police, the mood was very despondent at the end because we have gone in front and then conceded, but then the dust settles and you think away from home against a good side, then that is a good point.

“Against Taunton, there is the euphoria of scoring very late on, but it’s almost the opposite – it’s a home game, and you always feel like you should take three points at home. I thought the only issue was the ten men and the way we started. You’ve got to factor that in, so overall we have to be happy with the way we fought back.

“There’s not a lot between a lot of the sides in the division, things like spirit, togetherness, and a willingness to really put your body on the line, I think will count for a lot. We showed that in abundance against Taunton, and that bodes well.”

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