Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola said his players had the bit between their teeth and produced one of the fine performance they are capable of against Horsham YMCA.
In an all-action first half, the tenants blew away the Gorings Mead ‘visitors’ in what Di Paola saw as a crucial 4-1 win on Monday.
He said: “They (YMCA) had the goal there at the end when we were sloppy, but apart from that they didn’t cause us too many problems. First half, I thought we were excellent and then we probably played a little bit within ourselves second half, but that can often happen when you are 3-0 up.
“I thought we were really good, we played really well. When we have the bit between our teeth we are a good side, it’s some of the games against the mid-table teams we don’t play like that. It’s bizarre.
“You could see they (the players) were up for it, in the changing rooms and warm-up, it’s good to get a good win on such a good day for the club.
“It probably means more to the committee and people at Horsham than to me, but the reason it meant it, is that is a good win for us, they are a good team and right up there with us and obviously Eastbourne Town won again.
“It we hadn’t of won we would of been further behind and it starts to get a bit disheartening if you go five points behind, we knew it was a big one and we had to be on it, as I said, when we are, we are a good side.”
Di Paola also saluted his defenders and on Joe Shelley’s 40-yard wonder goal, added: “I don’t think he went for it. If he did he is better than I thought he was! I am not complaining as we have been a bit unlucky at times this season.
“We have been dominant early doors and not taken our chances, so to be two goals up in 15 minutes was brilliant. I think we are a better side when we go ahead.
“There is a lot of pressure on us to win games and when we go ahead we are a little bit more relaxed.
“I thought the back four was brilliant, they gave us the platform. They are good going forwards, they are always the top goalscorers in this league or right up there and have a lot of attacking options.
“I thought our back four controlled it and did well against then, I was really pleased with that and in general.”
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