Andrew Wilson praised the “character, courage and determination” of the Corby Town players as they put the off-field problems aside to pick up another superb win in the Calor League Premier Division.
Second-half goals from Tommy Wright and Greg Mills, who scored from the penalty spot, sealed a fine 2-0 success over fourth-placed St Albans City as the Steelmen made it back-to-back wins at Steel Park.
They weren’t helped by red cards for Nathan Stanton and Claudiu Hoban, both for second bookable offences, while St Albans had goalkeeper Paul Bastock also sent off for an off-the-ball incident, which led to the penalty which Mills converted.
The victory keeps Corby’s outside hopes of claiming a play-off place alive and was all the more impressive as it came during a week that has seen off-the-pitch issues dominate the headlines.
A dispute between the club and Corby Borough Council over funding issues has resulted in cashflow problems at Steel Park and it was revealed that there has been a delay in the players receiving their wages recently.
The Corby squad were locked in a meeting with chairman Kevin Ingram following the win over St Albans but joint-boss Wilson came out to address the media and he was unable to contain his delight after another excellent success.
“It’s been a tough week to be honest but I can only give credit to the lads,” Wilson said.
“They have been immense this week and the character, courage and determination they showed to fight really hard to get themselves involved in the game in the first 15 minutes of the first half was great.
“I thought we were the better side after that and it was the same in the second half but we earned the right to go and progress and get the ball and play.
“What happened with the sendings-off was unfortunate but it was a great three points.
“The red cards take the gloss off it a little bit but I don’t think the lads deserve to have the gloss taken off anything.
“It has been a tough old week and I don’t think anyone associated with the club deserves to have the gloss taken off it.
“We should enjoy the three points and then prepare professionally and properly for Saturday and all being well we will go to Chesham on Saturday and try to pick up another win.”
The details of the meeting between Ingram and the squad are not yet known but Wilson insists he and Wright will do all they can to keep the squad, who are in impressive form at the moment, together.
He added: “It was all about turning up and getting the job done and then seeing what happens ahead of Saturday.
“We are just asking them to keep winning games and keep putting pressure on the chairman and the council because if you keep winning then hopefully more people will come up here and they will talk about how well we are doing.
“They came in and looked a bit flat and I started acting the fool just to try to put some smiles on faces.
“We can only concentrate on the football. We don’t have a say in what is happening off the field so what other choice do we have?
“We have to concentrate on what we can control. So let’s just focus on the football and hope that everything else sorts itself out so that we can keep this great bunch of lads we have together.
“I hope we can keep them together. I am not going to say yes we will and then be wrong. We will be doing everything we can to keep that group together.”
The victory did, however, appear to come at a cost with Aman Verma (leg) and Courtney Herbert (knee) both now rated as doubtful for the trip to second-placed Chesham on Saturday after they both went off injured in the first half.
Sam Ives (knee) was again absent and is also unlikely to be fit for the weekend.