Chris Plummer felt Corby Town “wanted it more” than Hayes & Yeading United as they produced a superb fightback to book a place in tomorrow’s (Monday) FA Carlsberg Trophy second-round draw.
The Steelmen looked to be heading out of the competition after the visitors took a 2-0 half-time lead at a rain-swept Steel Park.
But, in the end, the Blue Square Bet North got the better of the Blue Square Bet South as Carl Piergianni pulled a goal back before substitute Leon McKenzie set up skipper Jason Crowe for the equaliser before heading home a dramatic stoppage-time winner himself.
Boss Plummer was disappointed to see his team “gift” Hayes their two first-half goals. But he was delighted with the response from his players after the break.
“They (Hayes) came out of the traps really well and we knew they had a lot of pace going forward,” the Steelmen manager said.
“Having said that, we have gifted them two goals in my opinion. They had a free header at the back post from a set-piece and we have tried to play through midfield and it has resulted in a sloppy second goal.
“We were disappointed to be 2-0 down at half-time because we had a couple of chances ourselves.
“But we just said to the lads that the game was still there for them if they wanted it. If they wanted to roll their sleeves up then we knew we could get back into it.
“We have come back in games recently and we have done it again. Leon has come on and made a difference and we have got those three goals to send us through.
“Potentially, I think we wanted it more than them in the second half. You have to get on with the job, regardless of the conditions, and we did just that.”
Plummer, meanwhile, was pleased with the performance of striker Liam Hughes, who made his debut after joining on loan from Cambridge United.
And the Steelmen boss admitted that all he is looking for in tomorrow’s draw is a home tie.
“I thought Liam offered us something different. We have possibly been missing that physical presence up front,” he added.
“He showed some good footwork at times and he didn’t stop working for 90 minutes. It was an all-action performance and there are clearly no concerns over his fitness.
“We are delighted to be through and I just want a home draw really because I want us to go as far as possible. I don’t mind who we get as long as it is at home.”
Plummer also confirmed that Nathan Horne and Greg Kaziboni missed Saturday’s win due to work commitments and family commitments respectively.