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McGuire buzzing after victory

26 March 2014

Midfielder Jamie McGuire believes last night’s 4-2 victory at Hartlepool United was our most important result of the season.

Our team climbed up to 17th position in Sky Bet League Two, after a magnificent night at Victoria Park, which saw us score three goals in the last 20 minutes.

James Jennings fired us ahead midway through the first half, only for Marlon Harewood to level the scoring just before the half-hour mark. 

After Harewood had a spot-kick saved by Alan Marriott in the final minute of normal time at the end of the first period, Luke James eventually put the hosts ahead shortly after the re-start.

However, our team roared back as Jennings’ free-kick made it 2-2, before late strikes by Matt Rhead and Jamie McGuire gave us an all-important three points.

Reflecting on his own goal, which was scored in stoppage-time, McGuire said: “It was kind of bouncing around in the middle as I came on to it. I’ve seen Jake Speight to the side of me, but I’ve taken it on; striking the ball and it went into the bottom-right corner.

“There was so much relief when that went in, because we were only 3-2 up and that made it 4-2, so I’m buzzing with three points on the board and happy going back home.

“You’ve got to say it was the best result of the season, because we are down there at the moment. We drew on Saturday and picked up three points here, which was the main thing.

“The lads were brilliant. From the players that started, to the substitutes that came on and the gaffer who made some brave decisions.

“Everything came together for us – it was a good all round performance tonight from the boys.”

McGuire believed we could still win the game at 2-1 down, and praised the performance of goalkeeper Marriott.

McGuire continued: “I think we need a special mention to ‘Mazza’ (Alan Marriott), because he has made the penalty save. Then (Martin) Riley has headed the ball over the bar from the rebound so another mention to him.

“The belief was always there. We train hard, we work hard, we win as a team, draw as a team and lose as a team, which we have proved.

“We dug deep, had enough chances and could have potentially scored more. However, we got four goals and overall it was a good performance and three points on the board.”

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