Zak will bounce back! Piergianni backs Boston United teammate to shine following own goal

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Carl Piergianni believes Zak Mills will bounce back from his own goal against North Ferriby.

The right back’s attempted 19th-minute clearance was the only goal of yesterday’s game.

But Piergianni, who has known Mills since their days in the Pilgrims’ youth set-up, has every confidence that his teammate has the ability to come back stronger from the setback.

“I don’t think anyone would blame Zak, there’s not a lot he could do,” Piergianni told The Standard.

“The thing is, if he doesn’t touch it then the lad’s going to tap it in at the back post, so he tries to get his body in the way and it just goes in.

“They had one very similar in the first half. Their lad got a nick on it but, lucky for them, it went to the keeper.”

The own goal was unfortunate for Mills, who has begun the season in terriffic form.

His powerful defending, and long throw threats, have played their parts in the Pilgrims’ early successes this season.

“It is harsh on Zak and he’s a great player. He’s been great ever since we’ve had him in,” Piergianni continued.

“It won’t affect him much, he’ll go again and he’ll be raring to go again on Monday.”

The Villagers’ 1-0 victory sees them sit top of the Vanarama North following four rounds of matches, while United drop down a place to third.

Piergianni feels the result was not a fair reflection of the contest.

He added: “It’s probably the most frustrating day I’ve had since I’ve been at Boston.

“To lose our 100 per cent record, and we’ve been unbeaten here since February, it hurts a lot.

“The team that finished second last year came here and played three at the back because they were scared of us before kick off.

“We’ve outplayed them and should have come away with a win but we didn’t take our chances. That’s how it goes some times.”

Manager Dennis Greene agreed with his centre back’s sentiments.

He said: “I thought it was the best we’ve played this season.

“They looked in fear of us from the start. We pretty much dominated most of the proceedings.

“We have seven or eight chances and they’ve stuck one in and it’s cost us.”