Nathan Stainfield hails impact of Boston United boss Dennis Greene
NATHAN Stainfield has praised the impact of new Boston United manager Dennis Greene, revealing he has lifted the pressure off the players' shoulders.
Greene has inspired a remarkable turnaround since replacing the sacked Graham Drury last week.
After beginning his reign with a 4-0 victory over Gloucester, the Pilgrims won 2-0 at high-flying Brackley Town on Saturday.
The back-to-back wins have all but allayed fears United could be drawn into a relegation battle in Blue Square Bet North.
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And Stainfield, who turned in a man-of-the-match display after being deployed in an unaccustomed midfield role against Brackley, says the relaxed nature of Greene has rubbed off on the squad.
"The manager has a good demeanour about him. He's just relaxed," said Stainfield.
"It doesn't work for me someone screaming, bawling and shouting.
"It might work for someone else, but it doesn't work for me.
"He's organised us and he wants us to play football.
"When someone comes in and says 'let's play football, let's switch left, let's switch right' it just takes the pressure of you.
"It takes the shackles off. You feel like, if you make a mistake, you're not going to get absolutely grilled, which is nice."
After such an assured display against Brackley, and with Anton Foster suspended for the next two games, Stainfield is set to keep his place for Saturday's trip to Worcester City.
"I'll play anywhere for the team, I just want to play football," said the former Boston Town defender.
"When the manager said 'do you fancy a run in midfield?' I snapped his hand off.
"I've never played there before, although I like to have licence to roam around in five-a-side.
"In that role you've just got to try and find space and be as instinctive as possible.
"It was mostly about tracking runners and helping the defence out."
Boston have a poor recent record against Worcester, losing on their last two visits to St George's Lane while going down 2-1 at home to Carl Heeley's side in October.
"I've got a terrible record against them," reflected Stainfield.
"I'd like to get rid of that demon and get a win against them.
"They're a big, physical side and they bullied us earlier this season.
"Last season, me and Wardy (Tom Ward) were quite raw and didn't do a very good job at their place.
"But they're definitely beatable. We've just got to not let ourselves get bullied.
"With players like Watty (Phil Watt) and Paul Lister, we've got a bit more bite about us now."