MANAGER Dean Whitehouse says he'll be working hard on the training pitch to improve Dudley Town.

The new boss has strengthened with the arrival of goalkeeper Shane Mayhew and midfielders Jamie Sadler and Lewis Worsey but thinks helping his young players develop will be key to a successful relegation fight.

Second-from-bottom Robins lost 4-0 against Black Country Rangers last Saturday but Whitehouse was still taking the positives from the display.

He said: "You could tell the difference in experience between the two sides but that is to be expected.

"We want to improve and bring other players in but that won't happen until we start winning games.

"For now we need to improve the players we have by working with them. It means I'm going to have to be a lot more patient than I'm used to.

"There were positives to take from the Black Country game and we still learned a lot even in defeat.

"A lot of people who watch us are telling me that they can see an improvement already."

"The top six sides are a long way ahead but we do want to start taking points from the other teams in this league."

Dudley will now go to eighth-placed Ellesmere Rangers this Saturday.