Manager Stephen Robinson was delighted with his players after last night’s 2-0 win over league leaders Scunthorpe United.
First half goals from Freddie Ladapo and Lee Erwin sealed the win and the manager expressed his thoughts after the game.
He said: “Scunthorpe have run away with the league so far, they are four points clear and are a really good side but for us to take three points off them, we are delighted.
“We took a little time to settle but when we did we broke through their press and I thought we had undoubted quality for over 60 minutes of the game.
“We have played better than that and not won games but we genuinely believe in the dressing room and amongst the coaching staff that we could get something tonight and we did."
Crystal Palace loanee Ladapo notched his second league goal in three games and Robinson was full of praise for his goal.
“The football leading up to the first goal was fantastic,” he admitted. “There are 10 or 15 different passes that were involved and it was a super finish.
“Lee Erwin, we know what kind of quality he has got and we are always demanding more from him.
“When he holds the ball up, has good work rate and when he plays like that sometimes he is unplayable so we are delighted with the result and goals definitely change games.”
In recent weeks, the Athletic boss rued his side’s failure to take their chances, however he was delighted they did take their opportunities at home last night.
“It’s been a noose around our neck to get the first win at home in the league so it was good to get it against a team like Scunthorpe United,” he said.
“Our performance against Bolton was good for 80% of the game, as was Gillingham and Fleetwood, but there is a lot of belief.
“Luck is a massive part of this game and we haven’t quite had it but it takes time for the understanding of the players to come across.
“This is only the start, we believe we can put a little run together and we have another game at home on Saturday before Rochdale away so we need to build on today’s result."
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