Jim Harvey described FC Halifax Town’s 1-0 win over Altrincham as “vitally important” as Connor Hughes’ second-half goal lifted The Shaymen out of the National League relegation zone.
James Bolton was sent-off with the game at 0-0 before Hughes scored the winner moments after Altrincham had hit the post to lift Town above their opponents in the table.
He said: “They were two teams who were desperate for something out of the game. Both teams gave everything and it was a battle.
“I’m not saying it was pretty but two teams really committed to getting something for their clubs.
“Fortunately for us it fell our way.
“At the start of the day we were a couple of games behind everyone else and to pick up three points at home and against one of our rivals is vitally important.
“The performance takes a bad seat, it’s just a case of coming out with something and we did.”
Harvey says Matty Brown, who went off injured in the game, will be assessed over the weekend, while James Bolton will now miss Monday’s game at Barrow after his red card against Altrincham, although he had no complaints over the decision.
The Town boss felt his side didn’t kick into gear until after Bolton’s dismissal.
He said: “I don’t think we were fluent but we had one or two problems.
“Browny (Matty Brown) has come off with an injury, perhaps he shouldn’t have started, and we had to juggle things round a bit.
“We wanted to win but we didn’t want to lose it so we had to accommodate what they were trying to do as well and maybe the balance wasn’t quite right at the start, but as the game went on we tampered with it a bit.
“Then we did get it right but, it’s funny, not until we go down to 10-men do we up the spirit and then we kick into gear and then there was a game on.
“From almost losing it, Jake Hibbs shows great commitment to chase it down and make sure it doesn’t go in, although it came back off the post.
“And then we went straight up the field and scored.
“Then it was quite a long time to hang on, but the boys did really well.”
Harvey praised substitute Hughes’ impact, and felt he played an important role in the win.
“Connor has that ability. He’s got good legs and he can score goals,” Harvey added.
“It was a time when we were down to 10-men and we needed those legs to get us from end of the pitch to the other, and Connor provided that, he came up with the goods, got a goal, which is terrific. I’m pleased for him.”