Dean Thomas praised the “determination” of his Kettering Town players as they maintained their unbeaten run with a 2-1 success over Uxbridge in the Calor League Division One Central.
The Poppies went in front when new signing Dubi Ogbonna – who joined from St Ives Town on Friday – put them in front at Latimer Park.
But it looked like they might have to settle for a point when Chris Patterson equalised, only for substitute Jake Newman to pick the perfect time to grab his first league goal for the club when he scored the winner in the 89th minute.
It means Kettering are now unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions ahead of tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s trip to Marlow.
And Thomas said: “It wasn’t a classic game by any stretch but our players’ attitudes towards winning matches has changed.
“They have a bit more devil in them these days and the determination they showed to go on and win the game after conceding was great to see.
“It would have been easy to say it was one of those days and taken a point but we kept going forward and got what we deserved.”
Thomas was also full of praise for both Ogbonna and Newman as the two strikers ensured another three points ahead of three away matches in a row, starting at Marlow.
“Jake has come in for some criticism because it has been a slow start after joining us from another local club,” Thomas added.
“He is a young lad but we have worked hard with him in training and he has kept the faith.
“An opportunity came his way and he finished it off, hopefully that will be the moment that sparks his season into life.
“The finishing on Saturday was he difference and it was pleasing to see Dubi get a goal on his debut. I think he showed everyone what he is all about.
“To win the game 2-1 with both goals coming from strikers is a very good thing. We need them to take the pressure off the midfielders and the wide players and they did that on Saturday.”