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Howarth: Great Response

24 November 2012

Neil Howarth delighted with 3 points and a clean sheet.

Neil Howarth speaking to the media following today's clash with Barnet FC:

"It was a tough game, coming off the back of two defeats and two poor performances on our behalf. Being back at home and playing a team at the bottom of the league is a tough ask when your confidence levels can be a little bit low.

"I thought we did all the pressing for the majority of the game. We just didn't test the keeper enough and couldn't get the goals we wanted to make the game safe. Jeff came on and scored a great goal and when that went in I felt we could go on and win it.

"He's a very talented player, he's a big strong lad. To see the shot was on and to execute it like he did was every credit to him.

"We were playing the bottom of the league team at home and people expect us to be 1, 2 or 3 up at half time. It doesn't work like that, it does sometimes but not always. We said if it needs another Burton game where we keep knocking on the door for 80 minutes and then get the 3 points. That's what we have to do if that's what it takes. It turned out that we had to do that.

"It was an excellent save (from the penalty) and the kids took it well. Sam Deering in the dugout knows where he normally puts them and we managed to get a message out. It was a good save.

"I couldn't see if it was hand ball or not, it was one of those where I would be certain it wasn't a deliberate handball. I thought we had one at the other end that the linesman gave but the ref overruled."

"That's probably something I could've got good odds on before the game, he perhaps made the best of a foul but I thought it was a foul. The linesman did but the ref didn't. I think the ref and the officials had a good game today.

"We had four wins on the spin before the Rotherham and Chesterfield games. They were two tough games and they're going to be up there at the end of the season. We've shown we can defend well and keep clean sheets and we wanted to get straight back to doing that.

"I thought Jake Taylor was excellent, he's a bit of a link between the midfield and the strikers and he can create a lot of things. He was unlucky not to score in the first half, he had 3 efforts and it was a very pleasing and encouraging debut.

"Lawson is ours for the next month and he was here today supporting the lads. The physio's will get there heads together to work out when he's due back in training. I'm not certain when he will be back. He may have a chance for next Monday but it's in the physios hands.

"The last thing we needed was to be sitting 6th or 7th in the table and thinking we can't do anything about it for another couple of weeks. On the flip side, we can be pleased with the work we've done so far and be ready to go again.

"The points per game ratio is not bad. We're pleased with the way the seasons going. We're disappointed with the last two away defeats but we're doing a lot of things right as a team. They're not machines, they're human beings and they can have good days and they can have bad days. Sometimes when you're not playing well yourself and you know you're not and there's nowhere to hide on the pitch when the crowd is expecting you to do things - it's not an easy place to be."

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