Scott Machin was delighted with the reaction of his Kettering Town players as they edged ever closer to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central title with a crushing 5-0 victory over Egham Town.
Having drawn 0-0 with Marlow in a poor game just three days earlier, the Poppies wasted no time in getting it out of their system as all five goals came in the first half.
They were 3-0 up inside 15 minutes thanks to an Elliot Sandy penalty and goals from Brett Solkhon and David Kolodynski before Andy Hall’s double sealed the points before the break.
It proved to be a crucial night with it being the Poppies’ game in hand on nearest rivals Bedworth United. And it means Kettering now have a 12-point lead at the summit with just eight games to play.
And joint-boss Machin piled the praise on the players after they tore into Egham from the first whistle.
“I demanded a bit of a reaction from them after Saturday because we were all very disappointed with our performance,” Machin said.
“That game may have been a blessing in disguise because everyone needs a kick up the backside now and again.
“And crikey, we came out of the blocks quickly and showed a real desire to put that right.
“The game was done and dusted after 20 minutes and we managed to get another couple of goals before half-time.
“The second half was always going to be difficult. You try to keep going but it’s human nature to take your foot off the pedal and I think that happened to a certain extent.
“But we kept the ball, we passed it well and that was the difference between this game and Saturday.
“A lot of the goals came from really good football. There was some excellent link-up play between David Kolodynski and Elliot Sandy and there was brilliant passing in the build-up to one of Andy’s goals as well.
“The way we exploded into life from the first whistle was the key to the game and we have to learn from that and try to replicate it every week.
“I am most pleased about the reaction because the lads have shown they still have the desire to put things right when it doesn’t go how we would like it to go.”
The Poppies return to action at the weekend when they take on play-off chasing Hanwell Town in what will be their fourth home game in a row.
Don’t miss more reaction and a preview of the Poppies’ game against Hanwell in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph