There are few better feelings in football than a stoppage time winner, something Alex Rae can testify to after Stephen Dobbie’s strike at Nottingham Forest.
Rae watched his side continue to be frustrated by the ten men of Forest, but the winner finally came to the delight of the assistant manager.
“The boys have shown the spirit and desire which is important to achieve results like this,” said Rae.
“We tried to continue to take the game to Forest. I was getting frustrated on the touchline due to the fact we were trying to probe through the middle where there were a lot of bodies.
“I kept trying to emphasise to go wide and in behind them. Fair play they kept knocking on the door and it was a great time to get the winner.
“It was a great performance when you consider that Forest are prolific in front of goal, so to get a clean sheet is very rewarding.”
For long periods of the game it seemed The Seasiders would pay for Thomas Ince’s penalty miss, but Rae’s strapped-up side dug in deep to become the first away team to win at the City Ground this season.
“It gave the place a lift (Ince’s miss), it’s a very good place to play football here, but when they get the fans behind them it can give them a bit of momentum. We’ve set up with two banks of four to make it difficult to break us down, and it is the best time to score in the last minute.
“We lost Cathcart, Robbo, Basham, Ossie and the club captain. They are potentially main five starters for us, its credit to the boys who’ve come in.”
It was the first away game without Paul Ince on the touchline, but Rae paid tribute to the backroom staff after making it seven games unbeaten.
“I almost feel as if he’s on the line, Richy is always shouting down to me with orders. It’s obviously not an ideal scenario, but it’s about the preparation work that goes in throughout the week.
“This doesn’t just come together; we sit for hours doing analysis and the practical side of things. We’re trying to give them as much information as possible to take into a Saturday and with the spirit we have at the club we’re getting the rewards for that,” said Rae.