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FOOTBALL: 'We had to show different qualities'

Michael Goode
Michael Goode

Charlie Coulson's stoppage-time strike earned three points for Deeping Rangers in the first home game of the season.

He pounced from close range after Wellingborough Town's Jeremiah Adams cancelled out the opener from Scott Mooney.

Clarets manager Michael Goode admitted: "We let it very late against a much-improved side who certainly deserved something from the game on Saturday.

"It was very similar to the previous week at Sleaford Town in terms of three precious points. When you are not playing particularly well and missing key players, it's all about getting the right result.

"We knew Sleaford would be a difficult team to beat and they proved it by winning at Newport Pagnell Town.

"Wellingborough will be similar at home and away so we are pleased to get three points.

"They hit the bar twice and Richard Stainsby made a couple of saves to keep them out as well.

"Wellingborough had a good shape with plenty of presence going forward, pace out wide and two good midfielders who dictated the play.

"Although we welcomed back three players, five were missing so again we had to shuffle the pack.

"We had to show different qualities. We didn't pass the ball as well as we should have done but we know we will always create chances.

"Mooney scored a good goal and, after the equaliser, we got on the front foot again.

"Rodrigo Da Silva Goncalves is only 17 but he did well after coming on. He's a local lad who will play for the under-18s again this season.

"He went past the full-back and his cross forced them to defend on the line until Coulson forced the ball over.

"We had a bit of luck but our quality created three chances and we scored twice."

Jason Kilbride, Billy Stubbs, Harry Allcock and Michael Simpson are all expected to be back in the squad at home to Holbeach United next weekend in the Emirates FA Cup extra preliminary round.

Joe Briers will be ruled out of action for at least one more week following a knee injury at Sleaford.

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