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Howarth: They Deserved That

18 September 2012

Neil Howarth praises a performance filled with determination.

Neil Howarth speaking to the media following tonight's 2-1 victory over Oxford:

"The players deserved that. There was so much determination and effort to get that win. We had to dig in towards the end of the game and that's perhaps something we haven't been doing.

"I thought it could have been a penalty but I don't think it was. I can see why it was given. On Saturday they deserved what they got but they also deserved what they got today.

"Alan Bennett is our skipper and he is our leader. He had an excellent season last year and didn't miss a game but it has been difficult him so far this season because he has picked up a few niggles. It was a great effort by him today and he did exactly what we would have expected.

"The second goal today is exactly what Shaun (Harrad) does. He has done it all his career and he gets tap ins but he can also strike a ball like that. It was Darren Carter's first goal for the club tonight and we were right behind it when he hit it - no-one was going to stop that. No matter how much you dominate a game, if you are only one goal up then it just takes one lucky break. The determination they put in after Saturday meant that we were never going to concede again at the end tonight. Oxford had three or four good strikes that were awkward for Scott tonight but it was pleasing to see some of his saves tonight.

"We don't have a big squad but we have put together a strong one. They can be proud of themselves tonight. I feel like the season is up and running now but we can't afford to take a step back on Saturday."

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