Marc Allen was awarded man of the match on his full debut for Bedlington Terriers on Saturday and he believed that they “fully deserved” to win the game.
The 28-year-old played a key role in the centre of midfield and he believes that despite going down to ten men, the side were in control.
He said: “I thought we deserved it from start to finish, to be honest, first 20 minutes we were on top and they seemed to be rattled. The two goals we deserved at the time they came.
“When we had the man sent off I thought it was going to be a tough afternoon, but I think we deserved the third goal and maybe even more.
“Fez [Andy Ferrell] was quick to shuffle things around when we had the man sent off, he got Keelan on at right-back and Wally [Marc Walton] and Liam [Hudson] made it stick up front, which took the pressure off the midfield and defence.”
Manager Ferrell was full of praise for his new signing, claiming he looked comfortable in possession and reliable in the centre of the midfield.
He said: “Marc Allen covered every blade of grass in the midfield. He was comfortable on the ball and the reason I went for Marc was because I knew he’d be up for it with it being against his old club.
“He never gave the ball away once, we have got games coming thick and fast and he will pay a key role in our season along with many others.”
The midfielder was quick to complement all three goalscorers, claiming Marc Walton’s strike came at a pinnacle time in the game.
The midfielder added: “I think Wally’s strike was at a crucial time, it was a great finish, that was a killer one for me, at 2-0 we were comfortable and they didn’t look like scoring.
“The third goal from Baxter was brilliant, he came on and stretched them and that was the icing on the cake.”