Kent Online report that manager Harry Wheeler has warned Maidstone fans he is prepared to win ugly.

Wheeler’s defensive approach has been questioned by supporters and there’s discontent over long-ball football.

They have willing workers up front in Elliott Romain and Jake Cassidy who will run and chase things all day long.

And Wheeler isn’t afraid to go long to them, feeling it could be the way to get his struggling side out of trouble in the National League.

He used the Stones’ second-half performance in their FA Cup defeat by Oldham to highlight the merits of route-one football.

Wheeler said: “We’ve got to learn to do the right things in the right areas.

“We had four chances second half, three from hooking the ball on, one from a diagonal ball from our own half.

“They didn’t come from little tiki-taka passing.

“The games we’ve won we’ve been very direct and it’s something we might have to do again to go and get results.”

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