An honest discussion after last Tuesday’s defeat to Barton Town helped Bridlington bounce back against Cleethorpes, according to manager Gary Allanson.
He said he felt Saturday’s 2-1 win was a ‘really good, solid and satisfying performance’ against opponents who were ‘a very good side’.
“We had a very frank and open discussion after the Barton game and at training on Thursday,” admitted the boss. “Nobody held back with what they said, we all need to agree and accept the standards we are looking for. “I think at any level that an open discussion needs to be held and we all have to be big enough and brave enough to accept criticism, myself included, and then be able to change and put things into action.
“I thought on Saturday we all proved what a good side we can be.
“We were switched on and organised from the start and I think that proves what a massive role Wayne Lewis plays as assistant manager. He takes enormous pressure off myself and is a different voice in the changing room. He has been missed in the last three or four weeks and was good to have him back on Saturday.
“We caused them lots of problems especially first half where we played with a great intensity and had quality in the final third. But the turning point for me was the goalmouth scramble where four or five players put their bodies on the line just to keep the ball out of the net.
“I felt that epitomised our performance on the day, every player worked really hard at closing them down and pressing and forcing them into mistakes.
“The result consolidated fifth position in the league which is a great achievement for us. We have beaten Handsworth and Cleethorpes twice and Worksop once and were very unlucky against Tadcaster in both games, so we have mixed it with the best in the league.
“The frustrating aspect of this is that we have dropped points against four of the bottom five teams and is quite frightening, and encouraging, where we could have ended up in the league.”