Poole Town: Killick hails Cann's contribution after 200 matches for Dolphins (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Poole Town: Killick hails Cann's contribution after 200 matches for Dolphins
TOM Killick paid tribute to the resilience of Dan Cann after the often-maligned striker had chalked up his 200th appearance in Poole Town’s 2-0 win at Truro.
The burly front-runner marked his milestone with an assist for goal poacher Richard Gillespie to snaffle Dolphins’ crucial second on the hour at Treyew Road.
Despite being a familiar presence for Poole across his two spells, the ex-Wimborne and Poppies target man has polarised opinion over his goals-to-games ratio at Tatnam.
But while Killick acknowledged Cann’s style of play was never likely to please everyone in the crowd, the Dolphins chief issued a defiant defence of the forward’s overall contribution alongside his 50 goals in Town colours.
“It is quite common for forwards who are not the most prolific goalscorers to be the target of supporters’ frustrations and, sometimes, Dan suffers from that,” said Killick.
“But I think the majority of people can see what he gives us and the biggest thing for me is how much the players appreciate his contribution.
“That can’t always be measured in goals and I don’t really care if he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I know what he gives us and so does the team.
“I get disillusioned when he is criticised but he just keeps doing what he does best and is resilient enough to deal with it. His strength of character is second to none. To come back from his injury and adjust to a higher level of football is testament to that.
“If we got a last-minute penalty, I know Dan would be one of the first players to volunteer. His physical presence helps to open up teams and create chances and his part in our success cannot be underestimated. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him both as a footballer and a person.”
Meanwhile, Killick admitted to having “mixed feelings” after watching his side return to winning ways in Cornwall.
Marvin Brooks opened the scoring on 32 minutes before Gillespie’s 11th goal in 10 starts sealed the deal as Poole soared to fourth in the Southern League Premier Division.
Killick added: “It was a much better performance from the players but the match did emphasise that we have to be at our very best and get a bit of luck to win games in this league, particularly away from home.
“We performed very well but still had to battle for what we got. Truro were meant to be one of the weaker sides in the league but it was a very tough encounter and being reminded of the exceptional performance levels required was quite sobering.”
Dolphins: Hutchings, Brooks, Spetch, Cummings, Whisken, Pettefer, Davies (Elliott, 89), Devlin, Gillespie (Byerley, 62), Preston (Dickson, 90), Cann. Unused sub: Thomas (g/k).
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