Neil Aspin heaped praise upon Town’s FA Trophy victims Cammell Laird after his side pinched a win on Saturday.
Town were way below par for much of the game but scored a goal with the only real moment of quality when Gareth Seddon converted from the spot after Alex Titchiner was clattered by the Laird keeper.
Laird had some wonderful chances to take the lead but squandered them all as Town reached the FA Trophy first round for the first time since they reformed.
Aspin said afterwards: “A lot of times when a manager of a team from higher up the ladder play teams from lower down, they tend to dwell on how poorly they played rather than how well the opposition did.
“I want to give praise to Cammell Laird who did really well and gave us a tough game, and in many ways they were probably unfortaunte to lose the game, so I’d give them a lot of credit instead of saying we were poor.”
Aspin did concede his side could have played better, but said progress in the competiton, while concludes with a trip to Wembley, was the main objective.
“I would always take any result to get through because that’s the main thing. As manager I would like for us to be more fluent, create more chances, and play at a better tempo and in general make the performance a lot better that it was. Having said that, I would take getting through as the main requirement.”
“I think when you haven’t scored the goal and it’s 0-0 you’re slightly concerned that if they score you’re going out of the competition because that would be a disaster for us at this early stage. It was a big match and very important we won it.”
Aspin also praised Seddon for keeping a cool head to slot in penalty into the bottom corner, as well as the build up play.
“The goal was one of the few bits of quality from us during the game. Dale Johnson’s had an excellent touch and great bit of skill to control and play the through ball to Alex who is a willing runner.
“There was no doubt it was a penalty, he got cleaned out, and I’m glad Gareth Seddon took responsibility with the penalty. There was a little bit of pressure on him and we’ve had problems with penalties over the past few years so it was nice that he’s taken it and got us the goal.”