Daventry Town manager Darran Foster paid tribute to his players after they came from behind to take all three points at Tividale.
Late goals from Mitchell Piggon and substitute Edilson Panzo–Antoni sealed a 2-1 success at Tividale to keep Daventry in the Division One South play-offs ahead of the Boxing Day derby with Rugby Town.
The lads showed amazing character to grind it out at the end and jump back into the play-offsDaventry Town boss Darran Foster
Foster said: “It was a very strange game on a very tricky surface. We started quite brightly but the game soon turned into a dog-fight that lacked any real quality from both sides.
“Nabil [Shariff] and Kieran [Fitzgerald] were both carrying chest infections and that just proved how much heart there is in this side at the minute for them both to want to play.
“But having both running on only 50 per cent definitely lost us that sharpness going forward.
“It was a game again that was full of awful decisions and both penalties were the pick of the bunch. Both decisions were never penalties and both sets of managers just had to chuckle to be honest.
“But a win is a win and the lads showed amazing character to grind it out at the end and jump back into the play-offs which is just superb considering everything.”
Looking ahead to the game against Rugby Town, Foster added: “It doesn’t get any better than a derby against an in-form Rugby.
“Nothing needs to be said on such a fixture as the lads know full well what to expect and what it takes to win such a game.
“We all just pray for good weather and hope for a bumper crowd.”