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BUCKLE PLEASED WITH TURNAROUND

26 September 2012

Town boss Paul Buckle had mixed reactions after seeing his side fight-back from a goal down to grind out a valuable three points at Tamworth.

Two goals in four second-half minutes from substitutes Yaser Kasim and Stuart Fleetwood cancelled out John Dempster's first-half header for the hosts.

Again the Town's Achilles heel at the back reared its ugly head with Dempster's effort coming from a set-piece, but the manager was pleased with the spirit shown by his players – and the travelling 390 supporters – that in the end saw the Hatters over the line in sodden conditions at the Lamb.

“We've had to really work hard for the three points and again we've not made life easy for ourselves,” Buckle said afterwards. “It was a carbon copy of what's been our downfall of late and a free-header in our box for their goal put everybody under pressure and we must cut it out.

“We knew it wasn't going to be a beautiful game of football tonight, we knew it was going to be tough and that we had to fight and we chose a team and a system to deal with that.

“In open play I thought we did but the set-play put us under pressure. We know to get out of this league you've got to be tight at the back. We had plenty of height in the team tonight but haven't dealt with one high ball into the box – and that's got to change.

“But I've got to congratulate the fans and the players because they've stuck with it. Tamworth are not on a bad run – they were a point behind us in the table before tonight.

“We must be careful because we can't believe we're going to steamroller teams. We've dug in and the fans have stayed with us on a miserable night and the boys have come off the bench to get the goals. It was a real team effort.”

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