Baillie – “I’m emotionally drained after that !!”

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Town boss Thomas Baillie referred in glowing terms to the togetherness of his squad and the belief and character that exists in the dressing room as he reflected on the stunning second half performance which propelled them to a second win in four days and into the play off places in the Premier Division Central table.

“I’m emotionally drained ” he admitted  “but I thought that we were the better side throughout.

Tamworth are a big club and are well backed, but my players have that determination and desire that you cannot buy, and that has seen us through tonight.

I didn’t need to give much of a team talk at half time as they were already fired up after  Kynan’s sending off and several other decisions which had gone against us, and that was even more so when their keeper only received a yellow card for taking Mike Taylor out as soon as the second half had started..

The decision to not start with Mike  was a deliberate tactic as I knew that while Tamworth were big and strong they had no pace so I decided to put Lewis Wilson up front in the first half to shake them up with his speed and then send Mike on at half time with 45 minutes to make use of his physical strength.

Mike was obviously disappointed not to start but understood the reason, and it worked out perfectly as their defence  simply couldn’t handle him when he came on.

And for us to be in a play off spot with games in hand is beyond all our expectations.

The only downside of this evening is the muscle strain suffered by Jamie  McAteer which may make him doubtful for the Fylde game but we’ll see how he is later in the week.”

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