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VICTORY DESERVED - BUCKLE

27 October 2012

Boss delight another awayday success

Town boss Paul Buckle thought his side thoroughly deserved their last-gasp 2-1 win at Forest Green Rovers which took them up to second in the table.

Scott Rendell's stoppage-time penalty won it for the Hatters after Stuart Fleetwood's stunning effort had brought Buckle's side level.

"I felt we deserved to win the game," Buckle said after the Town's seven away success in league and cup this season. "This was never going to be an easy game. I watched them in the week beat Dartford 4-1.

"I was pleased we got to half-time at 0-0 with the wind against us. Forest Green are good a side and I thought they'd trouble us a lot more than they did if I'm being honest.

"We went a goal down but I didn't think we deserved to be, but once we got level I knew there was only going to be one winner.

"We looked fit and like a team that could go right to the very and so it proved."

The Town fell behind to a goal from Rovers midfielder Yan Klukowski after goalkeeper Dean Brill - in for the injured Mark Tyler with a back problem - had allowed a left-wing cross escape his grasp.

But the boss had nothing but praise for Brill and his team-mates as they fought back to victory.

"It's not been easy for Dean, being out in the cold, supporting Mark all season," Buckle said. "He's a good goalkeeper and has held his hand up in the dressing room. He didn't deserve to be on the losing side today but he isn't in the end which is great.

"Everyone worked hard - that's something I try and drum into the players - the harder you work the luckier you get.

"We were ambitious with our selection and stuck with it and got our rewards."

The win put the Hatters within a point of top spot after leaders Newport were beaten at home by Woking.

"I don't look at league tables - I've got enough on plate trying to get us where we want to be," Buckle said having been told about the results elsewhere.

"There will be lots more games like this where we need to go right to the very end. The players never baulked at the challenge today when they were 1-0 down.

"They kept going, as did our brilliant fans, and in the end we've earned a deserved win, which is great."

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