Marcus Law felt Kettering Town got everything they deserved as they dumped Boston United out of the Emirates FA Cup to move to within one win of a place in the first round proper.
Goals from Liam Canavan and Wilson Carvalho secured the Poppies a fine 2-0 victory over their higher-ranked old rivals at Latimer Park.
It was a welcome home success for Kettering who are still yet to win on their own ground in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division this season.
But they produced a fine display against the Vanarama National League North outfit, who were forced to play with 10 men for 68 minutes after Joe Maguire was sent-off for a second bookable offence in the first period.
However, Law felt his team had already established a foothold in the game by that point.
And he was delighted with the display his team produced as they booked themselves a place in Monday’s fourth qualifying round draw alongside the National League clubs.
“I thought the performance was on a par with what we have produced recently but the difference was there were no individual errors,” the Poppies boss said.
“And look at the reward. A clean sheet, two very good goals and it could have been more. It was a very well deserved result.
“I think the question you have to ask is: up until the sending-off and beyond it, has (Poppies goalkeeper) Paul White had a save to make?
“They were two yellows and I think their lad has made it pretty easy for the referee.
“I was delighted for Liam Canavan to get the goal and he looked like the player from last year. When he is in that form, there is no-one at our level who will get near him.
“We didn’t need to change much during the game because we felt in control and we were creating chances.
“They eventually went with three up front and gave us the wide areas but we were able to exploit that.
“James Brighton’s work-rate at the end there shows the reason why we have got him in here. He won the challenge and had the desire to get up and push forward. That has led to him getting the ball to Wilson and it was a perfect way to finish it off.
“I am just glad we turned up for 90 minutes and get the reward for it.”
Law, meanwhile, says his team will believe they can beat whoever they are paired with in the next round, with the tie due to be played on Saturday, October 16.
“I think Boston may have underestimated us a bit and with the quality we have got, we will believe we can beat anyone,” he added.
“We know it will be tough whoever we get. I just hope that, no matter who we get, we perform and give ourselves the best possible chance.
“Ideally, we will get a home draw but no matter who we get we will have to put the graft in again.”