Dennis Greene: Rene Steer will allow us to play 4-4-2
Dennis Greene believes the addition of Rene Steer will allow him to deploy his favoured 4-4-2 formation at Boston United.
Greene swooped for the St Neots left-back last week and handed him an immediate start in Saturday’s home clash with Harrogate.
Despite seeing his side surrender a 3-0 half-time lead to draw 3-3, Greene was pleased with the former Arsenal trainee’s display.
The Pilgrims boss is keen to play Steer and fellow attacking full-back Netan Sansara in the same side in 4-4-2 line-up.
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“He (Steer) will bring a lot of experience. He’s been groomed really well at Arsenal,” said Greene.
“He makes good decisions, he’s quick, he can tackle and he can get up and jump for someone who isn’t the tallest.
“He drives forward, he’s got great quality on the ball and he can score goals.
“He’s an all-round Ashley Cole-type left-back and someone who will give us balance as the season develops.
“I can now, if I want, play Netan down the left-hand side (of midfield) in a 4-4-2 formation at some stage.
“Some people think I’m a 4-3-3 man or a 4-5-1 man, but I played 4-4-2 for two years at St Neots. I’m a big fan of 4-4-2, but we haven’t had the personnel to play that, now we have.
“Netan’s now got to show me that he can play at left-back or the left-hand side of midfield, and I’m sure he’s up for the challenge.”
However, Greene will have to wait before deploying that formation after Sansara was shown a straight red card during Saturday’s remarkable draw with Harrogate.
Sansara’s suspension, likely to be three games, will begin at Brackley a week on Saturday.
Boston were 3-2 up when the second half substitute Sansara was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Leigh Franks in the box and Dayle Southwell converted the penalty. Following Saturday’s setback, Boston are at home again on Saturday when they face bogey side Altrincham.
The Greater Manchester club beat the Pilgrims three times in all competitions last season, scoring 13 goals in the process.
Alty have been in the goals again this season having added James Walshaw to a strikeforce which features the prolific Damian Reeves.
“The players are deflated after Saturday, but I don’t think there’s much to work on, we just need to keep the ball better,” added Greene.
“Every game is a tough test in this league. At 3-0 up on Saturday’s you’d think we’d be home and hosed, then end up drawing.”