Gaffer pleased with his teams hard fought 3 pointsTown welcome in form Stevenage to the Greenhous Meadow and it proved to be a big test for Micky Mellon’s side.
It was the visitors who took the early lead following a hard fought opening the game but Town hit back quickly with Collins and then a calm Liam Lawrence spot kick.
In the second half the majority of the attacking play was coming from the homeside but with Stevenage getting bodies behind the ball and with keeper Day in inspired form the scoreline remained at 2-2.
In the end Town kept pushing and pushing and finally Collins latched onto a Demetriou ball before smashing a lovely shot past Day to give Town a deserved 3 points.
After the game Town manager Micky Mellon was full of praise for his side and for Stevenage for giving Town a good game:”I thought it was a really good game of football and I think everyone who has come here today has got real value of money,” Mellon said.
“All credit to Stevenage, they came here and gave it a right go. We had to stand up to them but I thought it was a terrific game and we have got the three points so I’m delighted.
“We kept going and going and we had three or four real clear cut chances that we never took and I think it would have been a real shame if we hadn’t of won.
“I don’t think there is a person in the stadium, maybe just one or two, who wouldn’t say we deserved to win that game.”
There was special praise for James Collins who grabbed a brace but the praise was extended to the whole side for their performances:”James absolutely deserved the winner because he keeps going,” the boss said.
“But across the group, all the players that have taken part today have got to be very pleased with their performance.
“It was a good, honest game of football. People come here to see a good competitive game of football and they got that.
“I enjoyed being involved in it and I’m delighted we won.”
You could see what the third goal meant to the Town side who all bar Jayson Leutwiler ran to the bench and the manager to celebrate Collins fine strike:”It’s heavy when 11 players come straight at you,” Mellon joked.
“But it was obviously thrilling to get a goal right at the end.
“We had put so much into the game and thrown everything at them. They dug in for their manager but for us to dig in and get what we deserved was fantastic.
“It was brilliant because we are all winners and we all want to win games of football. But we have achieved nothing yet.”
Cameron Gayle has been back in the side since the return of Josh Passley to Fulham and the youngster has been grabbing his chance with some excellent performances at right-back:”There are two things you have to have in your game – desire and determination and maybe Cameron was lacking a bit of that.
“Since he has got his chance again he has realised in order to have a career in league football you need to have desire.
“You have to be able to battle and scrap and your ability will come through. And there is no doubt Cameron has got ability. I’m delighted for him.”