It wasn’t pretty – but Seb Hayes doesn’t care!
Holbeach United moved up to third place – just three points behind league leaders Newport Pagnell Town with two games in hand – thanks to Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at Yaxley.
Cuckoos manager Andy Furnell suffered his first league defeat as goals from George Zuerner and Joe Smith boosted the Tigers’ title bid.
Hayes said: “When you get battered in a game like we did three weeks ago at Yaxley in the Knockout Cup, if you don’t learn anything from it then you are an idiot!
“We knew we had to stop the service out wide. So we set up with a 4-5-1 system and a pressing game.
“If we put them under pressure, we felt we could get some joy out of it.
When you get battered in a game like we did three weeks ago at Yaxley in the Knockout Cup, if you don’t learn anything from it then you are an idiot!Seb Hayes
“We allowed them to have the ball in areas where they couldn’t hurt us at the back. We kept our shape and out-worked them.
“If we score the first goal, we get the belief that we will win the game.
“If we go behind, we are not mentally strong enough and anyone can beat us.
“We are strong at set-pieces and Danny Brooks’ delivery is second to none.
“We talked about what we wanted to do and the boys showed application to stick to the game plan.
“We play a certain way and maybe it’s not to everyone’s liking. But I don’t care – it’s all about winning! I’m buzzing with this result when nobody expected us to win.
“We finished last Saturday’s game really confidently. We missed chances where we could have won or drawn against Desborough Town.
“I thought we looked dangerous going forward again and, most importantly, we had the work-rate at Yaxley.
“You have to back yourselves 100 per cent. We knew if the plan didn’t work, we would be in trouble. The only concern with the pressing game was not winning the ball back.
“We had three changes from the Knockout Cup semi-final and we’ve got a good squad.
“We lost our heads and gave away stupid free-kicks in bad areas to put ourselves under pressure.
“Sometimes I’m like a schoolteacher and I get abuse back from the players!
“But the plan worked and we’ve done the double over Yaxley with a 5-1 aggregate score.”