Stefan Galinski gave his Boston United teammates the thumbs up for the determined spirit which saw the Pilgrims beat Barrow 1-0 yesterday.
Ricky Miller’s second-half strike was enough to ensure Boston claimed the points and moved back to fifth spot in the Skrill North following a scrappy, physically tough match.
“The most important thing today was keeping a clean sheet,” said Galinski, who was part of a Pilgrims back line which had to work overtime to repel the waves of late attacks from the visitors.
“We conceded twice against Bradford early on and that wasn’t acceptable. We conceded two early goals at Vauxhall Motors and an early one at Gloucester.
“The important thing was the clean sheet, and Ricky took his goal well.
“It wasn’t pretty. It was workmanlike, tough, but job done. We move on to the next game now.”
Victory came at a price for United, with defender Carl Piergianni, midfielder Ian Ross and forward Ben Fairclough all forced from the field of play through injury.
Galinski himself finished the contest with a shiner.
But as he pointed to the blackened swelling under his eye, he shrugged it off as part and parcel of doing his part for the team.
With Piergianni playing the first half with a bandaged head and fellow defender Scott Garner ruled out due to a similar injury, Galinski was happy to accept it was his turn to take one for the team.
“You’ve just got to get on with it, it comes with the job,” he told The Standard.
“Scotty and Pidge have taken their fair share and it was my turn today.
“That’s what you stand up for, you love playing so you can’t complain.”
After having to wait for his chance this season, Galinski is happy to be part of a defence which - following last weekend’s 4-0 FA Cup success at Stafford Rangers - has kept two clean sheets in a row.
He added: “I’ve played the last two games and the last two clean sheets, hopefully the gaffer will look at that.
“I did well against Guiseley, that’s the other game I played at the back. Centre half is my position.
“But, hopefully, the gaffer knows the minumum he can do is chuck me in there and I’ll do a job for him.”
Boss Dennis Greene, like Galinski, was swift to admit the contest was far from a classic.
“If they look up in the dictionary what sexy football means, that was the last 25 minutes,” he said with sarcasm, but delight in his side’s fighting spirit, especially as Indy Aujla and Jake Hall impressed on their home debuts.
“We played well enough first half and had numerous opportunities which we didn’t take.
“In the second half we picked up a couple of injuries and had to put two new players into midfield. We looked disjointed.
“Obviously, losing Pidge (Piergianni) was a real blow because they were a big, big side.
“When they went a goal down they threw everyone forward.
“They’re giants and we can’t win the first ball. It’s just panicking, it’s corner after corner. We had no height left.
“We couldn’t clear our lines properly. They put us under a lot of pressure but didn’t really threaten our goal.”
Fairclough (cramp), Ross (toe) and Piergianni (dead leg) are all expected to be fit for selection on Saturday when Boston travel to face league rivals Brackley in the FA Cup.
Greene also confirmed that leading scorer Marc Newsham (ankle) and Garner (head wound) will also be ready for action following a two-match absence.