Neil Aspin hailed FC Halifax Town’s 1-0 win over Forest Green as “a great three points” as the Shaymen moved up to sixth in the Conference Premier.
Scott Boden’s 10th goal of the season sealed Town’s second win in four days, although the game ended in controversy with a mass brawl involving most of the players and coaching staff of both clubs.
Referee Steve Rushton was also at the centre of the action, sending-off Rovers’ James Norwood and disallowing Marc Roberts’ first-half goal.
Rushton also disallowed what would have been a last-minute winner by Roberts at Macclesfield in September.
The Town boss admitted his side rode their luck on occasions but was happy with his players’ efforts.
“I’m really pleased,” he said, “I knew it would be a difficult game.
“Forest Green are one of the fancied teams in the division and they’re on the back of an unbeaten run.
“You look through the team and they’ve got some good players and a strong squad.
“For us to get a win tonight coming on the back of Saturday, it’s a great three points.
“We’ve had to battle, we’ve had to ride our luck at times in the second-half.
“But to be honest, I couldn’t see anything wrong with the goal that got disallowed, which would have put us 2-0 up and given us a bit of a cushion.
“When it’s 1-0 it’s always tense. They put some good balls into the box and we were fortunate on a few occasions.
“But over the season there’s not been many games where we’ve had much luck and tonight I felt we got the run of the ball.”
Aspin felt the decision to rule-out Roberts’ goal was incorrect.
“There was nothing wrong with the goal we scored at Macclesfield.
“When that one got disallowed you’re hoping there’s not going to be a repeat because it cost us points.
“You can normally tell by the reaction of the opposition and I didn’t see too many people complaining when the goal went in,” he said.
Aspin also felt the red card for Norwood looked harsh.
“It was a forward’s challenge, he overran the ball,” said the Town boss.
“I’ve seen a lot worse to be honest, I don’t think he led with his studs up.
“It was a bit of a clumsy challenge really but I’d need to see it again.”
But the Town boss had no complaints about Forest Green’s penalty.
“Form where I was, as soon as he made the challenge it looked like a foul.
“I was hopeful it was outside the box, it looked close, but it looked like a penalty.
“But when you need things to go in your favour the goalkeeper’s come up trumps.
“He did make a couple of other good saves in the game but Matty’s been an important player, he’s got a lot of pride in his performances and clean sheets are what he loves best.”
Aspin said his players have given him the right response after their recent dip in form.
“When you get a few when you’re losing, you need the players to show they’ve got the hunger and the attitude and the fight and that they want to do well for you,” he said.
“I’ve seen that tonight in abundance and that always gives you hope if you’ve got the players who are prepared to put in a shift like tonight, that’s all you can ask.”
Aspin wouldn’t be drawn on the melee at full-time, which saw Rovers players Dale Bennett and Eddie Oshodi both sent-off, but said he doesn’t want to see a repeat of those scenes again.
“Obviously there’s an end to the game I’m not going to get involved with,” he said.
“It would be fair to say things happen sometimes, we don’t want to see that in football.
“In all the years I’ve been here it’s never happened so we don’t want to see it again.”
The Town chief praised the nature of Boden’s goal, and of his team’s overall display.
“It was a very good goal, good play and a good finish,” he added.
“I felt at times we did pass the ball well.
“Early in the season we did get criticised a bit because we were reliant on a lot of set-plays.
“I feel there’s nothing wrong with that.
“But in the last couple of games we’ve passed the ball better and we had some good play at times in the game.”