BOSTON United boss Rob Scott has praised his Pilgrims after their swift fightback saw them earn a point against title rivals Guiseley.
Seven days earlier joint boss Paul Hurst had blasted his team as a bunch of boys after they were dumped out of the FA Trophy by Gloucester City.
But yesterday Scott gave his team the thumbs up – declaring they had returned to manhood.
“I thought it was an excellent game and nobody could complain about the standard of football,” Scott told The Standard.
“Our performance was one we asked for before the game. We wanted men and leaders and we got that.
“Everyone – from one to 11 and the subs - was exceptional.”
Simon Ainge had headed Guiseley in front on 67 minutes.
But just two minutes later Boston were level as sub Danny Sleath rifled home at the back post following Ryan Semple’s deep cross.
Once again, the Pilgrims and Lions cancelled each other out following November’s goalless draw.
And Scott said he thought a stalemate was the fair result.
He added: “Guiseley are a good team for a reason, and we matched them.
“We went at them with pace and power and it showed with the goal.
“We are similarly-matched teams, honest teams. We’re both hard-working teams and both try to play football.
“We are very evenly-matched at the moment.”
However, Scott had one complaint after the clash – some fans’ treatment of captain Lee Canoville.
Scott claims some fans jeered the defender following a poor clearance late on, but the Boston boss reckons this was harsh treatment for a player putting himself through the pain barrier for the cause.
He said: “I was disappointed that the crowd had go at Canners.
“He pulled his hamstring and stayed on the pitch and fought for the team and he’s getting groans for not clearing the ball properly.
“That’s the one disappointment from the day.”