It is always nice to hear praise but to hear it from the opposing dugout must have been music to the ears of Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade after his side took a notable scalp in beating title favourites Chorley at Croft Park.
Wade revealed that Magpies manager Gary Flitcroft was full of praise for Spartans post-match and it is something he feels they more than earned, pointing to their sheer will to win and momentum as key factors in gaining the points.
“It was a superb performance in particular in the second half,” he said.
“I spoke to their manager after the game and he was full of praise for a young side, but second half we showed that at home we are a very good side but we have to take that into away games.
“The atmosphere was brilliant and the lads never stopped.
“The three midfield players were superb, if you go into the middle of the pitch you can’t move but they gave us the momentum to win the game.”
Despite pre-season predictions of a relegation battle, Spartans now sit just in behind the play-off places in a season that keeps improving.
However, Wade revealed he feels his side can get even better and challenged them to find consistency, something that is starting to show after they completed an unbeaten January.
“We are nowhere near where we should be,” he added.
“We need to be more consistent and it’s starting to come now after three wins and a draw in January.
“It’s a great group of lads and I think the supporters now appreciate the work rate they put in.
“We had to defend for long spells in the first half but you have to do that against great teams.
“It’s a great squad performance and it’s great to do it at home.”
Whilst Wade was quick to praise those on the pitch, he also thanked the Green Army for their support.
A season high attendance was achieved and despite the win he urged the Croft Park faithful to continue to show patience with his young side as they develop.
He said: “The supporters have always been there in numbers. We have a hard core and they really support the side.
“There will be ups and downs and they’ll get frustrated, as we do as well, but we will always show enthusiasm and determination so hopefully they can see that.”