Gary Bowyer hailed the bravery and resilience of his side following a 2-1 victory over Bury.
Goals from Kelvin Mellor and Curtis Tilt secured a big three points at Bloomfield Road, on a night where the team was really tested and also lost captain Jimmy Ryan to injury in the warm-up.
Speaking post-match, here’s what the manager had to say…
Bravery and resilience.
It took an incredible amount of bravery and resilience from the players. The way that they dug in was terrific from them and it was an unbelievable amount of character and team spirit.
Players stepping up.
We know where we are in terms of the squad size and numbers and what we can and can’t do. When you miss Colin with suspension and you have Jimmy limping out at half seven it was a bit disruptive. But credit to everyone but they were terrific.
Big role from the substitutes again.
In the first-half we started off well. We scored a hell of a team goal with Kelvin coming in from that back stick and then we had to withstand some pressure, which we knew we were going to get. The subs just put Bury on the back foot.
Kelvin has done brilliant again for us tonight – he ended up at right-back and did ever so well. We joked with Tilty because he was desperate to score on Saturday with it being Walsall, where he’s from, but it was a great ball and a fantastic header.
Jay Spearing’s home bow.
I was reluctant to play him, I put him sub because I didn’t want him potentially getting injured, but he was disappointed not to be playing. Obviously when Jimmy limped out he got the shout, and it was a wonderful performance from him.