Andy Peaks felt AFC Rushden & Diamonds’ big 6-1 success over Northwich Victoria was a win that had been coming for his team.
Diamonds bounced back from two defeats in a row in emphatic style as they got their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South play-off bid back on track in fine style at the Dog & Duck.
They were 4-0 up at the break thanks to two goals from Jack Bowen and one each for Ollie Brown-Hill and top scorer Nabil Shariff.
Northwich pulled one back in the second half but further efforts from Shariff and substitute Dan Quigley rounded off a convincing win.
And boss Peaks was delighted with what he saw.
“We have been playing well of late despite the results and that was coming, someone was going to suffer,” the Diamonds boss said.
“We started well, which was the plan. They travelled a long way but they have had a couple of decent results of late and I wanted to put them on the back foot straight away and we did exactly that.
“We probably could have scored before we did but to be three up in 20 minutes was perfect, you could almost relax a bit after that as a manager.
“But we were good all over the field from start to finish.
“The game was effectively done and dusted at half-time but it was important we maintained our standards and managed the game well.
“I wanted it to be a convincing performance and it was. We were disappointed with the goal we conceded, that was a bit of a blip, but overall we bossed the second half as well.”
Diamonds remain one point behind the play-off places and play the first of two games in hand on fifth-placed Basford United when they go to Chasetown on Tuesday.