PAUL Hurst says his Boston United players have got smiles back on their faces after moving back up to second in the table.
Last night’s drubbing of Gainsborough has, Hurst claims, seen his young squad rediscover their love affair with the beautiful game after a string of disappointing performances.
“It was certainly much better, we played some good stuff and it was thoroughly deserved,” said Hurst after a 3-0 victory, courtesy of goals from Adam Boyes (two) and Danny Sleath.
“We got back to passing the ball well, admittedly in good conditions on a good pitch.
“We told the players we wanted to see them with a smile on their face, and we got that.
“They can only enjoy it if they win, but now the lads are really happy.”
However, despite hugs and high-fives at the final whistle, Hurst says his players weren’t getting carried away in the dressing room.
He added: “They weren’t getting carried away. Maybe that’s because they were a bit relieved (after recent results).
“They were a bit subdued before the match as well. Maybe there were a few nerves flying around and they were concentrating on their performances.
“But they deserve credit for the result tonight.”
Hurst also believes Boyes will be buoyed following his brace, following a troubled 18-month at Scunthorpe United.
“He showed great composure for his second,” the manager said.
“And for his first one he was involved in the build-up and alive for the ball in.
“That can only help his confidence, you can tell by his face and body language.”
The only downside from the evening was Ryan Semple, who was omitted from the squad at the 11th hour after suffering a migraine.
“We were literally going in to name the team and he told us he had a migraine,” Hurst said.
“He knows how he suffers with them, and he wouldn’t have been any good, hence the reason he wasn’t in the squad.”