Steve Watson was left jubilant following Macclesfield Town’s 2-1 victory over Dover on Tuesday evening at the Moss Rose.
The Silkmen fought back from a goal down to win the game, and despite dominating for large periods, it took some patience before the goals came.
Despite the frustrations of the match, Watson was happy with how things turned out. He said: “It wasn’t the way we want to do it – we’d like to take the lead, and run out a game comfortably one of these days – but Dover have had a great season so far, and they play a certain style of football which is hard to play against.
The first-half was a frustrating one for the home side – after going a goal down to Dover captain Jamie Grimes, who beat Scott Flinders to the ball, the away side didn’t allow play to flow and wore down much of the time – but the squad didn’t let it get to them.
“The message at half-time was – as frustrated as everybody was with some of the decisions and some of the antics – keep the composure, don’t get carried away, keep playing football and as the game wears on the chances will open up.
“That’s not the way we like to win games, but the lads showed great character and showed their gritty side. At the end of the season, wins like that can be very valuable.”
Macclesfield’s own Chris Holroyd was the hero once again, with the two goals to turn the tie in favour of the Silkmen.
On Holroyd, Watson said: “They were two very good finishes by Chris. The first one was a real striker’s goal, and the second one – sometimes when you’ve got that much time you can hesitate but he clinically finished it. He worked his socks off again tonight as usual.
“We showed a different side to our game tonight, although it wasn’t a game I particularly enjoyed watching, and I don’t think many of the supporters would’ve done. There were far too many fouls, far too many stoppages in the game and it’s not what we want to see.”