It may not have been pretty but Chris Plummer was happy with the outcome of the encounter with Stalybridge Celtic at Steel Park.
Josh Moreman’s goal midway through the first half settled a very poor quality Blue Square Bet North contest but the Steelmen manager, in the aftermath, was content with the three-point haul that moves his side away from the drop zone.
When asked for his reaction, he said: “Pleased, ultimately three points is what you need at the end of the game.
“It probably wasn’t one of our better performances today, we’ve played a lot better than that and lost.
“Today it was all about the result and we got that which was the most important thing.
“We didn’t have a lot of chances in the game. It was a scrappy game, the pitch was heavy which makes it difficult to play attractive football and we dug in there.
“Three points, most importantly, the performance wasn’t as good as we’d like but, ultimately, it’s three points.”
Aside from the result, one of the few positive aspects of the afternoon was the performance of loan signing Joseph N’Guessan.
And Plummer had words of praise for the Stevenage striker.
He added: “We know we’ve needed to strenghten up top, we’ve had difficulties bringing in players and he scored a hat-trick in their reserve side on Thursday and I thought he did very well.
“They think very highly of him at Stevenage, he’s a natural goalscorer and he’s got a lot of pace and he’s only going to get better for us.”
Up next for the Steelmen is a trip to Yorkshire on Tuesday to face Halifax before Harrogate come to town next weekend.
And this success has given Plummer confidence that his men can add to their points tally.
He said: “It was really important to get a win today. We’ve got two diificult games coming up, obviously Halifax away is going to be really tough.
“We’re confident we can get something from the next two games and it was vitally important we got the three points today.”