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AFC Telford: Deserved To Win

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 4 Sep 2016
Posted in First Team

Town midfielder Liam King believes that the Shaymen showed resilience as they came from behind to earn a 2-1 victory away at AFC Telford United on Saturday.

Goals from Nathan Hotte and a screamer from Richard Peniket on his return to the New Bucks Head Stadium ensured that the Shaymen left Telford with all three points secured, and it was this resilience that allowed the lads to overturn their host’s lead. 

“Yeah that’s what Billy’s teams do, they never give up. I always thought we were in the game even when they got off the mark. It was a poor goal from our part but you just keep going. It was early doors but, like you said, I think we fully deserved the result today. Credit to the lads for getting together and we push on now”

“Obviously when you’re away from home you have got to try and soak it up a bit. The lads defended well at the end, I don’t think they had any clear cut chances at the end”

The game had a scrappy overall feel to it as both sides struggled to keep hold of possession for long periods of time. This was understandable as Town came into the game off the back of two straight defeats, although King says this didn’t have too much of an impact on the dressing room.

“I don’t think it has a massive impact but sometimes when you’re on that pitch you feel that things are going against you. The lads have got together today and got the result. It was never going to be pretty, it’s just important to get those three points and we’ve done that”

“Obviously (it was) a very scrappy game and we needed that win. Sometimes when you have two defeats you do whatever it takes to get it over the line. You say it’s a scrappy game but we’ve got over the line and got the win so now we can push on”

Despite possession changing hands numerous times, Town managed to create plenty of chances which could have easily seen the game out sooner.

“To be fair we had a fair few chances in the game as well when ‘Dents’ hit the post at the end and then it just hasn’t dropped to Denton in the box again. I think we deserved the win, that pressure is expected and the lads coped with it really well”

The Shaymen can now turn their attention to Tuesday night’s game, where they travel to Salford City.

Salford, subject of the BBC documentary ‘Class of 92: Out of their League’, currently sit top of the National League North and have impressed so far in their first season of seventh-tier football. However, King knows that today’s win will inspire Heath’s men to produce another promising performance.       

“We can take confidence into the next game now we’ve got that result. Don’t get me wrong, if we had been beaten today it would have been a tough one on Tuesday”

“We’ve got the win now, we can go and play our own game and they are a good side but so are we so let’s see what happens. Hopefully it will be a good game”

You can watch the full interview with Liam along with more post-match reaction from Heath and goal scorer Peniket over on Shaymen Player HD now! 

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