That’s for you Paul! Drury dedicates Boston United victory to his number two

Drury singled out Ian Ross for praise after the victory over Oxford.
Drury singled out Ian Ross for praise after the victory over Oxford.

Graham Drury dedicated his first three points as Boston United manager to his recovering number two Paul Holden.

Holden suffered a heart attack on Christmas Day, and his recuperation means he is yet to take his place in the Pilgrims’ dug-out.

But Drury believes his head coach would be celebrating Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Oxford City... hard.

“It’s fantastic, these three points were for Paul,” the manager said.

“He’ll be jumping up and down in the chair like a lunatic when he’s supposed to be resting.”
Holden - who had a stent fitted in an artery over the festive period – was discharged from hospital on Friday.

Marc Newsham netted his 21st goal of the campaign for the Pilgrims on Saturday, while Mark Jones added a brace to take his tally to 13.

However, Drury singled out midfielder Ian Ross for particular praise after the win.

“I’ve got to say, Rossy was outstanding,” Drury said.

“He needed that because the fans, rightly so, got on his back a little bit.

“He had a bit of a setback, but he’s here to play for Boston and wants to put in performances like that to win the fans back.

“I’m sure they realise he’s here for the cause and I think he was outstanding.”

This victory was Drury’s first as Boston manager, something he relished.

He added: “It’s a great feeling.

“I’ve won cup finals and league titles, but to get your first three points for Boston, that means a lot to me.

“But the boys deserve all the credit for that.

“We got off the mark with a difficult game against Corby.

“But the lads have set the bar, the tone and the work ethic.

“Now I’ll be on top of them every week making them keep up with that performance.

“They put in a good performance on a mudbath.

“But we also need to thank our groundsman for getting the game on when not many were being played.”