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FOOTBALL: Goode 'overjoyed' with three points

Michael Goode
Michael Goode

Michael Goode celebrated three points after "a brilliant response" by Deeping Rangers.

The Clarets came back from 2-0 down at Holbeach United on Saturday through Danny Durkin, Scott Mooney and Jonny Clay's own goal.

They moved up to third in the table by extending the unbeaten start to the league campaign, despite being knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup in last week's replay at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Deeping boss Goode said: "It was a topsy-turvy game but Holbeach definitely deserved something out of it.

"We dominated the first 10 minutes. We created one or two half chances without being clinical around the box or testing the keeper.

"Our back four are at their best when they are under pressure. When it's easier, they take their brains off the game.

"The first goal was a poor one to give away. It wasn't good enough defensively.

"At 1-0 up, Holbeach's possession wasn't very good but their percentages are second to none in the league.

"I thought we should have got a penalty for a shoulder on Michael Simpson from behind.

"We gave the ball away for the second goal as Mooney should have held it up. Then we tried to play an offside trap.

"Josh Ford has been Holbeach's best player in both games against us this season. He caused problems and finished the goal well.

"The message at half-time was that we weren't good enough.

"We dominated in midfield but defensively we were poor and in attack we didn't create clear-cut chances. So we needed to get it right at both ends.

"Fair play to Holbeach and they should have gone 3-0 up.

"I thought Richard Stainsby was man of the match and faultless in the second half.

"He made saves, his kicking was good and he punched the ball away from set-pieces when we came under pressure.

"He has taken a bit of criticism and he probably should have done better for the first goal.

"But we produced a brilliant response and Dan Schiavi was outstanding in the final 35 minutes.

"We had three good strikers on the pitch - two of them got clinical finishes and Cameron Johnson gave us something different when he came on.

"At 2-2, we were on the front foot but Charlie Coulson knows the sending-off was stupid.

"We are really pleased with the response to going down to 10 men.

"Although they must be disappointed to lose, we are overjoyed to get three points because it's a tough place to come to.

"We've taken seven points away from home at Sleaford Town, Desborough Town and Holbeach. We got one point in those fixtures last season."

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