Chris Plummer was delighted with Corby Town’s resilience after they fought back to earn a point against high-flying Oxford City in the Blue Square Bet North.
The Steelmen made it six matches unbeaten in all competitions as Carl Piergianni’s late header sealed a 1-1 draw at Steel Park after the visitors had taken a first-half lead courtesy of Jamie Cook’s penalty.
Corby showed a more gritty side to their game after the entertainment that was on offer in the FA Trophy success over Wealdstone last Wednesday.
And boss Plummer believes his team are beginning to show plenty of “fighting spirit”.
“I am really pleased with the point because Oxford are well organised and difficult to break down,” he said.
“Their league position shows they are one of the better sides in the division.
“We can’t always play entertaining football like we did in the FA Trophy last week. Sometimes it has to be ugly and sometimes you have to grind out a result and that’s what we have done.
“Their goal came because of some sloppy play from us, trying to play through midfield and we gave them an opportunity to get at us. I think their lad was brought down and I had no complaints about the penalty.
“We tweaked a couple of things and we looked at areas we could get at.
“We just hammered the point home at half-time that we were only 1-0 down and we were well in the game.
“There was no need to panic or change too much. We have the belief that we can go and score goals whether it is in open play or from a set-piece.
“The set-pieces are a big part of our armoury and why shouldn’t we use it?
“We have guys who can put the ball into the box and Paul Malone and Carl Piergianni have caused them problems. It got us a goal and we are delighted.
“I think we have shown our resilience. I would prefer us not to go a goal behind but we are showing that we have the fighting spirit and ability to get back into games.”