Scott Garner praised Boston United on their ‘professional job’ after securing a 1-0 victory over Gloucester City.
There were a few murmurs from the home fans as the Pilgrims rode out the final few minutes by attempting to hold the ball up by the corner flag.
But the skipper believes that is exactly what the side should be doing.
“I was pleased to see us doing a professional job at the end and keeping the ball in the corner, like teams do to us,” Garner said.
“Sometimes we don’t seem to do that, we’re a bit naive at times. But we’re doing that properly now.
“They (the fans) will go home and forget about Jona running to the corner, but with minutes to go that’s exactly where you want him to be, winning corners and goal kicks.
“There’s nothing worse for an opponent.”
Carl Piergianni will miss Saturday’s trip to Gainsborough after his red card against Curzon Ashton last week, something Garner believes could have been avoided with a similar approach to killing time.
“The worst thing is to risk a counter attack late on. It happened the other week when Pidge got sent off,” he pointed out.
“We’re a positive team that likes to get plenty of goals, but when you’re 1-0 up you can’t do that.”
Manager Denni Greene also gave the thumbs up to the tactic, adding: “Incredibly enough, they want us to put the ball in the box and win 2-0.
“We got three points and don’t need to score another goal.
“What team in the world wouldn’t see the game out with four minutes left to play?
“I thought we rode the game out well.
“That’s the way football is, I’m sorry if we’re not going out for a second goal but I want to educate my players to manage the game properly.”
Mark Jones, who was tasked with holding the ball up, called it ‘good game management’ pointing the finger at last season’s stoppage time leveller conceded against Chorley in the play-offs as an incentive to keep opponents at bay.
Dayle Southwell’s second-half strike - his fifth in five games - proved the difference after Boston were frustrated by a series of good saves from Jas Singh.