Striker Callum Ball talks about Mark Robins' new approach to discipline...
Typically, a professional footballer might not to pleased to learn that a new set of fines has been brought into a football club by a new manager.
However, that is not the case with striker Callum Ball who has praised Mark Robins’ new wave of fines in an effort to up discipline and perfect the style of play at the club.
Ball was introduced by Robins at half-time to great effect as his chipped pass to David McGoldrick proved a vital assist in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth at the Ricoh Arena.
After the game, the super sub explained how the new set of rules and fines brought in by Robins works.
The 19-year old said: “When I was at Derby, there were a lot of fines around the club. If you were late or if you left your kit about, you were fined.
“But when I came here, I was surprised at the facts there wasn’t any fines or nothing really like that.
“However, since the gaffer has come in, there is a lot more discipline. There are a few fines being thrown out there with one of the fines being if your man scores at a set-piece, it’s a £100 fine.
“It makes everyone want to work harder. It makes me want to defend corners and free-kicks better but then also attack them better at the other end as well.
“I think it is a really good thing. You don’t want to be conceding goals at set-pieces, especially with the run we’re on at the moment.”
The striker, who celebrates his 20th Birthday today, joined the club on a season-long loan from Derby County in the summer.
He admitted he hasn’t played as much football as he would have liked since joining the club but hopes to keep his place in the side after his performance against the Cherries.
Ball added: “I’ve started the first few games but then dropped out of the side. I have got back into the side today and had enough time to influence the game.
“It was a good performance. The team played well in the second half after we were a bit sloppy in the first.
“The manager told me to come on and work hard, put myself about and be a pest up front. Don’t give them any time on the ball, hassle them and bully them – and I think I did that.
“First half the centre halves didn’t get much pressure but me and David worked well together got the goal and hopefully there is more of that to come.
“It was a good goal and hopefully now we can crack on and score a few goals together.
“It’s been a while, I’ve not started much but today I have come on and tried to prove myself. Hopefully, I can help the side fly up into the play-offs.”