Phil Parkinson was delighted with his sides performance in Nantwich Town’s 1-0 win over promotion rivals Spennymoor Town at the Weaver Stadium.
In a tightly fought contest, a long range goal from Sean Cooke was enough to give the Dabbers the win and extend their winning run to 9 games in all competitions.
Parky, speaking to Jonny Crowther, noted: “I think it was a brilliant performance. Some were saying whoever wins this is really going to look like they are taking strides in the right direction. I said to the players our season and Spennymoor’s season won’t be won or lost on the basis of this result.
But the performance is what’s really important because going into Tuesday we knew we needed to keep that good form going. Form is key for us, we need to keep playing a certain way and keep playing well. They did it, they delivered and they got the result. People keep saying to me about this season ‘what is it?’ and it’s about performance levels. Even when we were losing at the start of the season, the performances were there and they’ve just carried that on.”
The boss was also delighted to see his side keep another clean sheet. This shut out was the team’s 7th in last 11 games and 10th of the season. Parky was full of praise for the defensive efforts of the team: “The big thing I needed to look this season was can we keep clean sheets and we have. Against Rushall, against Buxton and now Spennymoor, it’s so important for us to do that. The back 4, the way they’ve stuck together and Dave’s(Parton) form, Belly now sitting in front of them, it’s given us that solidity at the back and a base to build on.”
Parky also had praise for top scorer Cooke, who scored his 13th of the season with another excellent strike from distance. Parky said: “His goal was a clinical finish. Sean took it early and hit it low like we asked him to do. He’s in a rich vein of form goalscoring wise. It’s a great return for a midfielder and bar a couple of free kicks, they’ve mostly been from open play, so he’s got a bit of both, which is pleasing.”
Parky continued: “The lads are listening to instructions, they’re not going out and doing their own thing which can come into play when it’s not going you’re own way. That again is showing a little bit of intelligence, a little bit of class. What we’re showing this year is we can really roll our sleeves up, put our head where other people would put their feet.
We’ve really got that to our game this year which is why you’re seeing the results we’re getting. I don’t think we would have beat Spennymoor last season, they probably would have been too physical for us. This year, we’re more organised, more robust defensively, but we’re still playing, so it’s going well for us at the moment. There’s still so much football to be played and as I said before, nothing will be won or lost on the basis of this game, but it sends a great message out that we’re here and competing with the top teams.”