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MANAGER: I'm absolutely delighted

29 March 2024


MANAGER: I'm absolutely delighted

29 March 2024

Paul Simpson joined us following our impressive showing away at Peterborough.

Assessing the contest, he said: “Without a doubt, I think they got the full rewards, probably from last week, we got a proper kick in the teeth late on, but we carried on today.

“It was a slog, let’s be honest, you don’t come to a place like Peterborough and have an easy afternoon, so that was a tough game.

“I still believe that on their day, they’re the best team in the league, Peterborough, they’re a real threat.

“Credit to our players, the way we went about it today, three fantastic finishes from Jon Mellish as well.

“It’s a brilliant win, I keep talking about trying to get some respect and pride back and I think today the supporters have seen that there’s a group of players who were still working, still trying to get results.

“I’m absolutely delighted. I’m pleased for the players, I’m pleased for all the staff because it’s a tough time at the moment and I’m absolutely delighted for those supporters who have made the journey today, because it certainly makes it a better journey home.”

Jon Mellish bagged a hat-trick on our Good Friday trip to the Weston Homes Stadium.

Speaking on him, Simmo said: : “I did say to him, I just want you to get your crazy legs going and just go and run and cause problems.

“I think anyone who seen that today can see he causes problems.

“Even then, when we change it and go to a back five to try and sure it up, he goes and slots in alongside the two centre-backs and does a good job.

“He’s an important player for us and I’m delighted for him today, he’s had a tough season in terms of goals because he normally gets a lot more, but to get to do it at a place like this is a great reward.

“We’re just scrambling around trying to get the match ball, it seems to have disappeared.”

Analysing the goals, the gaffer added: “The first one, that’s really brave to do what we done from the corner. We worked on corners yesterday and said that you might get that opportunity to play it short because they go two against one and they did.

“Good bit of play from Jordan Gibson, the calmness to clip the ball in and Mells was unmarked and gets a nice free header.

“The other two are fantastic finishes, so credit to the whole group the way they’ve gone about it. Even the lads who come off the bench, they’ve had to go and put a real shift in.

“They got their rewards today and that’s what’s pleasing.

“We managed the game better, I mean we were under the cosh, don’t get me wrong, we had so many things going in and maybe we got a bit of luck today as well and I’m sorry, but you need luck.

“We should’ve had a bit more luck, I think it’s a penalty on Jordan Gibson, I really do, I just can’t see how that’s not a penalty.

“We’re fine today, we’ve still got a hell of a lot to do to keep going to try and get a bit more respect.”

Georgie Kelly entered the action on 78 minutes - making his United debut.

“I’m really pleased, we wanted to get him on earlier, but I was told no, just be careful, he only needs 20-25 minutes.

“I think you can see he’s a real threat, a real handful.

“I think him and Luke together could be really dangerous, but I thought everyone that came on done their stuff today.

“I thought Alfie showed energy, Jordan showed energy and a little bit of quality as well.

“It was a really big win for us.”

Taylor Charters was forced off through injury in the first-half and after the game Paul provided us with an update.

“He just felt his hamstring tighten up. He didn’t say it went, he just felt it tighten. When you’ve got that sort of thing you don’t take any chances.

“We’ll assess it when we get back, everybody’s back in tomorrow and we’ll see how we go from there”

The Blues were backed by 486 travelling supporters, who were in brilliant voice seeing their side secure an emphatic win on the road.

“The fans were outstanding again and they have been every game this season, home and away, we just haven’t done enough for them.

“Today we have done enough, they’ll go home happy and I think it’s about time we started doing it in front of our home fans.

“Hopefully we get a good turnout on Monday and we can replicate what we’ve done today.

“For me, it all starts from working hard, the players have worked hard, they’ve competed, they’ve put challenges in and we shown the bit of quality we’ve got as well.”

Looking ahead to Monday’s clash against the Imps, Simmo added: “I don’t know how Lincoln got on, I don’t really care to be honest with you.

“I’ll start concerning myself with them when I get back on the coach and we’ll start preparing for that one.

“It’s a tough game because they’re a good side, it’s a simple as that, but so were Peterborough, so were Stevenage last week, but we showed little bits of what we’re about.

“We didn’t show enough last week to finish the game off, but today, we’ve finished it off and that’s a real positive for us.”

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