Gaffer reflects on first win since being installed as permanent boss.Manager Adam Murray was delighted to get his first three points since being installed as permanent manager, as we defied all the odds to beat AFC Wimbledon this afternoon.
Our team travelled to the Cherry Red Records Stadium having won just once away from home in Sky Bet League Two all season and with illness affecting some players.
Our task wasn’t made any easier when Rob Taylor was given a straight red card in the first half, but Vadaine Oliver’s goal early in the second half, coupled by some heroic goalkeeping by Dimitar Evtimov saw us emerge victorious and jump up to 16th position in the league table.
“Everything that went with the game, every situation that we found ourselves in today, the boys stuck to [the task],” said our boss.
“They did what they’ve done for the last three weeks – they gave me their heart and soul and everything they had and I’m ‘over the moon’ for them. They literally ran themselves into the ground.
“We’ve had some illness in the camp this week and Vadaine [Oliver, goalscorer] has been off for the last few days, so he was a doubt to start.
“The boys have literally gone through a brick wall for the club. That’s what I ask, so I’m proud of them.”
He added: “I look at every detail and the last three weeks have been testing and it’s kind of been a realisation of the challenge that we do face.
“At the minute we’re not a team competing at the top of the table, which is all of our aims, and we’re in a battle, so today is a tiny step moving forward in where we need to go.”
Murray also had special praise for shot-stopper Evtimov, whose string of remarkable saves to thwart the hosts time and again helped us to record these vital three points.
“It’s been frustrating for Dimi, because he’s come in and we’ve got another really good goalkeeper in Sascha [Studer] and he’s probably not been given the run that his ability deserves because of Sascha’s performances,” said Murray.
“Dimi’s kind of been in the background, but we know, and the two ‘keepers know, that they’ve both been pushing each other since they’ve been at the club.
“So I’m ‘over the moon’ for him as he’s shown everybody what he’s about today.”