Boston United manager Dennis Greene praised Marc Newsham’s strength of character following the Pilgrims’ 2-1 victory over Worcester City.
With the contest goalless, Newsham saw a weak 24th-minute penalty saved by Dragons keeper Jose Veiga.
But instead of letting his head drop, last season’s Player of the Year responded in style, opening the scoring just a minute later as he rifled into the net from an acute angle.
“It was a poor penalty,” Greene admitted. “But he’s picked a side and the goalkeeper’s guessed right.
“But Newsh is Newsh. He’s got quality and got himself in a good position a few minutes later, and he’s finished it.
“That’s what he’s good at. If he does that every time he misses a penalty I’ll take that.”
Despite Newsham’s strike, United shot themselves in the foot four minutes before half time. Peter Bore was caught in possession, and that led to Daniel Nti drawing City level.
“It was a terrible goal to give away, especially just before half time when we were coasting,” Grene added.
“I had a go at them at half time. We were so much in control, we should have put the game to bed.
“Instead, we just relaxed and thought it was too easy. We should have got ourselves two or three in front.”
This was just United’s third victory over Worcester in the past 10 attempts.
But after making it two victories on the trot against a side who have frustrated the Pilgrims over the years, Greene believes the tide is slowly turning in his team’s favour.
However, he was still not completely happy with a victory which was rarely pleasing on the eye.
Greene continued: “I thought in that in the first half an hour we played some very good football and should have been at least 2-0 in front with the penalty.
“Then we gift them a goal right before half time and they get their tails up.
“In the second half we started on the front foot and got ourselves back in front again. They made a lot of tactical changes and we had to grind out the result, which is what we’ve done.”