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Resillient Brakes deserving of late winner - Holleran

Ben Tyler 26th Feb, 2020

BRAKES boss Paul Holleran felt his side were deserving of the late win over Southport which halted their seven-match winless league run.

Joe Parker’s 84th-minute goal was the difference in the 1-0 victory at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium on Saturday, keeping Leamington 16th in National League North.

Holleran says the result is a just reward for the recent efforts of his team, who he feels have been unfortunate in the majority of their fixtures since the turn of the year.

“It was a difficult game, both sets of players applied themselves well, but we were probably getting to the stage where you’d have probably taken the point,” he said.

“There wasn’t a lot of quality in the game, but the goal to win it was a really good move from us.

“Coming away from that with where we’ve been recently with all of the travelling – we’ve been living on the coach for the last month – and the fact we’ve had things go against us in games, maybe our luck has finally turned for us.

“The players have performed well and been in games though, even though we’ve come out on the wrong end of some of our matches.”

With 16 games remaining this season, the Leamington manager has urged the bulk of his squad to add to the goal-scoring cause.

“Something I have challenged the players to do is to start chipping in,” Holleran said.

“We’ve been fortunate over the last two years to have a number nine – be it [Daniel] Udoh, [Matty] Stenson or Colby [Bishop].

“I brought Joe Parker to the club because I knew he was capable of things like that, so it was good to see him get off the mark.”

Brakes now host rock-bottom Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday (3pm).

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