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17 August 2012

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Spirit and determination shines through says boss

Once again manager Paul Buckle praised his side's character as they came from a goal down to earn  three points at newly-promoted Hyde.

With 20 minutes left the Hatters were trailing to Matthew Blinkhorn's strike before goals from JJ O'Donnell and Stuart Fleetwood secured the Town's second away win of the week.

Buckle said afterwards: “I'm pleased we've won – we've come through two difficult games with six points. The players deserve a massive pat on the back. Tonight showed we have some tremendous characters.

“Sloppy play on the edge of our box led to their goal but in truth, especially in the first half, we were making all the running and creating chances.

“When you don't get the first goal it's always hard, but we remained patient and the supporters helped us – I thought they were first class again tonight – coming to Hyde on a Friday night and that's why we went over to them at the end because they played a vital role.

“We showed our desire tonight. I'm trying to instil a winning mentality and a grit and determination, and you know if you baulk at places like Hyde then you'll get rolled over.

“We showed that we can mix it up and I'm proud that we're top of the league tonight.”

O'Donnell's strike signalled the start of the Town's comeback and the boss paid tribute to the young midfielder's display.

“When I first set eyes on him when I came to the club I knew there was a player there,” Buckle said. “I brought him back from out on loan and I told the people at the club he'll go onto play a big role for us.

“I didn't envisage him coming on so quickly, but what I like about JJ is that he's always on the front foot looking to drive us forward.

“He's made another big step tonight and it's really pleasing to see someone so young drive us forward from midfield like he's doing.”

Then, 10 minutes after the equaliser, Fleetwood's fourth goal in three games sealed the victory to complete the turnaround which delighted the manager.

“Mark Tyler's come way out of his goal and for a second I thought he's over-run it,” Buckle said. “But he's played a great ball down the line and Andre Gray's got in behind and Fleets has sensed what he's going to do and it's a perfect ball and a great finish.”

The Town now face a week's rest before facing AFC Telford at Kenilworth Road next Saturday but, despite sitting top of the table, Buckle admitted there's plenty more to come from his side.

“We're still no-where need to be,” he said. “There's still a lot of work to do. I'd like to see us in front really dominating teams with our tails up.

“But at the moment we're showing different qualities and seven points this week is a fantastic return.”

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