Blyth Spartans manager Alun Armstrong reckons their second half performance against Darlington in the big local derby on Saturday shows why his side are up there.
His team were a side transformed after half time, three goals secured their turnaround have trailed after half an hour.
The 3-1 win wasn’t what new Quakers manager Tommy Wright had in mind for his first game at the helm but for Armstrong it demonstrated why his team are in third place.
The Evo-Stik Premier champions are the Vanarama National League North surprise package – and Armstrong wants their great season to continue.
“We weren’t ourselves in the first half,” said the Blyth boss, of course linked with the Darlington job after Martin Gray’s departure.
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“We had to get our tempo high and feed off the energy. For a big local game we were a bit flat but I can’t complain about anything in the second half.
“We addressed things at half time and we were a different side.
“I think we are up there on merit and the lads deserve a lot of credit for the season we have had so far. Everyone knows this is a league filled with big clubs and we are competing.”