Dennis Greene is adamant Boston United deserve their two-goal lead ahead of Sunday’s play-off second leg against North Ferriby - declaring: “We were better in every department.”
Grant Roberts looked to have given the Pilgrims a narrow advantage in the National League North double header with his first-half goal last night.
But a beautifully struck stoppage-time volley from Zak Mills doubled that lead ahead of this weekend’s decider.
“Thankfully it’s two, and now if we can get one goal away they have to score four to beat us,” said a delighted Greene.
“They came with their strongest team and played our strongest team and we were better in every department.
“That’s what will hurt them more, our performance.
“I think we’ve hurt them. They couldn’t handle the pace, we got in behind time and again.”
Greene looks set to be without defender Carl Piergianni for the return leg after a collision with teammate Scott Garner earned him a visit to A&E with a broken nose.
“It shows how committed the pair are. They only had eyes for the ball,” Greene said.
“He (Piergianni) is in a really bad way. He’s got a broke nose, two cuts and concussion.”
But it was the Villagers’ physical approach to the game, which wasn’t clamped down on by referee Simon Barrow, which left a sour taste in the Boston boss’ mouth.
“There was a lot of fouling and intimidation, but our boys got through it incredibly well,”
“Some of the things going on out there wasn’t nice for a football match.
“But the gameplan worked and we’ve got a great 2-0 lead.
“We’ve got a cushion, we could go away and draw or lose and still go through.
“We can lose 1-0, 2-1 or even 4-3 - I’d take 4-3 right now.”