Taundry can take heat off nervy Brakes - Holleran

Richard Taundry, seen here in opposition against Brakes earlier in the year, had an immediate impact on his debut.

Richard Taundry, seen here in opposition against Brakes earlier in the year, had an immediate impact on his debut.

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Paul Holleran is banking on latest signing Richard Taundry easing the pressure on his new team-mates as Leamington’s relegation scrap goes to the wire.

The former Walsall skipper was introduced in the 58th minute of last Saturday’s clash with Stalybridge and immediately lifted the tension around the New Windmill, sparking a revival which earned a precious point.

Sometimes, when the pressure is on, the instinct is to help the ball on.

Paul Holleran

The draw left Leamington a point above the drop zone and Holleran said Taundry’s arrival had brought a freshness to the club.

“He’s not been involved in the struggle we have,” said Holleran.

“Sometimes, when the pressure is on, the instinct is to help the ball on, it’s an easy thing to put it into an area.

“Richard came on and - he’s been involved in some big occasions with Walsall - he just calmed people down.

“Chilly, Jordan Goddard, Nathan Hicks and Lee Moore came into the game and it was the best 20 minutes we’ve had at Leamington for some time.

“Playing in that deep-lying midfield position, Richard was able to start things off and he made an impact.”

“His experience and nous will be big for us in the next five games.”

Two games in three days over Easter promise to have a massive bearing on Brakes’ season, with tomorrow’s trip to Gloucester being followed by a home clash with Lowestoft on Monday.

And Holleran said the importance of Nathan Hicks’ late equaliser against Celtic cannot be overstated.

“I’d have loved one of those chances to go in at the death.

“But it was a massive change from where we were with 25 minutes to go and where we were at 90 minutes.

“Now we’ve got to pick up points over the Easter weekend. With a couple of positive results it can all change very fast.”