Blues boss praises his players after league leaders are beaten in bruising battle

LEEK Town boss Neil Baker (pictured) was delighted with the way his players coped with the bruising tactics of league leaders Radcliffe Borough on Saturday.

The 2-1 victory was a major boost to Blues chances of making the end-of-season plays in Division One West of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League

Baker said, “I thought we deserved the win. After we went down to ten men {Scott Lycett sent off} I thought we defended magnificently and still had one or two opportunities at the other end.”

He added “They {Radcliffe} came here to disrupt us, knock us out of our stride and I said to the players at half time, keep a calm head, don’t get rattled but stand up for yourselves by all means.

“We didn’t get involved and I can’t remember us putting in a bad tackle yet we had a player sent off. I thought we should have had a free-kick before Scott got his first yellow card and then he kicked the ball away, but how ironic when you see some of the challenges they put in that we had a player sent off for two innocuous offences.”

“I’m really pleased with the players attitudes, they have put their bodies on the line today. There are some more tough games coming up and we have prepared for this tough programme and if we can be around the same position in the league by the end of February I’ll be delighted. ”

“We didn’t get involved and I can’t remember us putting in a bad tackle yet we had a player sent off. I thought we should have had a free-kick before Scott got his first yellow card and then he kicked the ball away, but how ironic when you see some of the challenges they put in that we had a player sent off for two innocuous offences.”