Deeping manager salutes his side for their mindset to 'compete physically' with Holbeach
Manager Michael Goode was pleased to see his Deeping Rangers side answer his call to "compete physically, run hard and keep our discipline" against Holbeach United.
But rather than looking back at the Clarets' Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy quarter-final home defeat to the Tigers last December, Goode instead took motivation from the reverse league fixture at Carter's Park in August when the sides finished level at 2-2.
Goode said: "I felt then that we hadn't done enough to compete physically so I just asked our lads to run hard and try to keep our shape and discipline which we haven't done in the few weeks gone by.
"We were under pressure for a little bit, but we knew what Holbeach's game plan would be and we dealt with it.
"Holbeach were top of the league for a reason, they've got a settled side and they go away to places and win by whatever means necessary.
"Saturday was a local derby against a decent side, but we are as well and we knew that we had the quality to come through and get our rewards in the end.
"Five good passes led to a great first goal and although we didn't have lots of chances, the two that we got were both taken which was very pleasing.
"Our back four kept 19 clean sheets last season and so that's what we've gone back, while we've brought Josh Carpenter into goal and he had a really good game.
"It all came together against Holbeach and I thought we showed, both physically and mentally, that we were strong enough to deal with them."
Meanwhile, Holbeach manager Danny Hussey was left to reflect on a "bad day at the office", but only after praising his players for a 16-game unbeaten run stretching back to mid-October last year.
Hussey said: "I'm disappointed with losing but we've got to take the positives from an amazing run that the boys have been on.
"I need to congratulate them for that because there's always that monkey on your back when you're playing against good sides, having not been beaten for so long.
"Everybody wants to beat you and sometimes the pressure builds so that the performances aren't there.
"Saturday's performance wasn't as good in the sense that we didn't create anything properly in the second half, even though we probably had the better chances overall.
"But Deeping are a good side, with a big, big budget compared to ours, and yet we're mixing it with the big boys.
"If we can keep mixing it with the likes of Deeping, Quorn, Rugby and Shepshed, with the budgets they've got, and be around them, it'll be a great achievement for the boys."
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