Graham Drury, manager of Blue Square Bet North club Corby Town, remained defiant after a happy end to a tough week.
Following the 3-0 victory over Hinckley United at the Greene King Stadium, Drury said: “That was an outstanding display on Saturday – it was 90 minutes of good football and an important win.”
The manager has faced a week of criticism from some quarters following the team’s recent poor form at Steel Park, however he remained positive and stated that Saturday proved many of his critics wrong both on and off the pitch.
“If anyone is listening to the rumours that I have lost the changing room at Corby and believes them, they just need to look at the performance that our lads put in today. If Kettering Town supporters or anyone else for that matter want to stir these rumours then they need to realise that it will not work.
“There is a great togetherness at this club, the lads behind the goal were fantastic again today, those fans showed that they are right behind me as their manager and their players, and the players have shown that they are right behind me and I am behind them.
The win was secured with a goal from a defender, a midfielder and a striker echoing the great team performance and work ethic that the visitors showed at Hinckley, however Drury picked out his front men for extra praise.
“I thought our strikers were the big difference on Saturday. They were outstanding throughout – always involved in play, always a threat and always looking to bring their teammates into the game.
“I thought the team shape was perfect. We managed to train properly this week for the first time in over a month last week and I think it really showed on the pitch. We were able to work on our shape and tactics. It certainly made a huge difference.
“Saturday was a solid performance from front to back. The defenders showed how to stay solid, how to defend a lead and keep a clean sheet. The midfielders controlled the play and the strikers were outstanding. All credit to the boys.”
The Steelmen supporters showed their support for the team and manager, with around 100 fans making the trip to Leicestershire for the match, including a sold out coach from the Steelmen Travel Club.
“The fans turned out in their numbers today to support the team and they were fantastic. They really were the 12th man, as they always are. We have 250-280 hardcore supporters who have witnessed the good times and the bad times of Corby Town Football Club, and they have also witnessed the good times and the bad times of Graham Drury. I think I have given them more good times than bad during my time here and I am pleased that we managed to give them a victory that they deserved against Hinckley.
“Of course we want to be able to do it at home, for all of our fans, and we will be trying everything we can in the next game and every game after that to do it at Steel Park. We are all together in the changing room and we will come through this.”