Stockport County’s new boss Ian Bogie has hailed his side’s victory over title-chasing Newport County as a ‘dream start’.
The game’s only goal came when Lee Minshull diverted Alex Kenyon’s cross past his own keeper on the hour, giving Bogie his first win in charge.
And the Geordie boss, who replaced Darije Kalezic at the Hatters helm in midweek, said his player’s efforts were excellent, but must be replicated in their remaining six games.
“It was a magnificent effort that’s all I can say and you have to say a dream start,” he said.
“I thought the lads were magnificent. From start to finish we showed great application and will to win. The lads have got to produce that for six more games.”
Bogie – who made 79 appearances for Preston North End – felt the winning margin could have been greater and this win was just one step to survival.
“I thought it could have been even more convincing. Newport were trying to catch us on the break with their pace up top but Richard O’Donnell was rarely troubled,” he added.
“We’ve got three points on the board. I said prior to this game we would need nine or ten points to secure our status in the league.
“That’s one gone, six to go, and we’ve got another big game next up.”
With Newport chasing promotion to the Football League, Bogie admitted the result was a surprise, but believes his side have the quality to stay up.
“This league is so unpredictable it’s frightening. Everyone can beat each other on their day,” he said.
“Some of the results coming in have surprised us but we have to keep our own house in order.
“We have six more games and 18 points to play for, we have to look to get maximum points. With that work rate and endeavour we won’t be far short.
“On today’s evidence the squad is more than good enough. We were playing against a team vying to win the title, not just going for the playoffs.”
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Hyde edged closer to survival – notching their third win on the bounce – overcoming a first-half deficit to beat Hereford United 2-1 at Edgar Street.
Josh O’Keefe had given the Bulls a half-time lead, before two second-half goals from Alex Brown and Louis Almond turned the game on its head.
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In one of only two games to survive the weather, Altrincham continued their promotion charge with a 2-0 win over Worcester City at Moss Lane.
A fine double save from Robins’ keeper Stuart Coburn kept the scores level at half-time before Nicky Clee and Damian Reeves struck to secure the points.
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