Date: 2nd April 2014 at 10:41pm
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Manager James Beattie has again declared himself proud of the team following on from our one nil victory over Exeter City.

A solitary goal from Kayode Odejayi on the stroke of half time was enough to still separate the sides at full time, and the gaffer couldn’t have been more delighted to see us take another valuable step towards safety with another important set of three points.

‘The players may surprise a lot of people but they don’t surprise me. They never know when to lie down and stop and they are a tremendous bunch. They make me very proud to be their manager.’

As for Odejayi’s goal, which he bundled home from a Lee Molyneux corner, Beattie described it as being a ‘great finish.’

‘He has done some excellent work outside the box and he has got to get himself between the sticks. That is what he has done. It’s not a pretty goal but it has secured us an important three points.’

Beattie admits the game wasn’t a spectacle nor a great one for the fans really as both sides struggled to play on the pitch, but again he thought it was a battling effort from us and that’s what makes him smile especially as he knows we were ‘running on empty’ in many ways but they still gave their all and didn’t give up chasing and trying to make something happen in the match.

‘They are doing themselves and the club proud. The lads keep pulling out performances. The rise from not getting a win in our first 12 games – many people had written us off. It’s all down to them and they are getting what they deserve because they have put a lot of hard work in.’

Sitting in 15th place in the league table now, and nine points clear of the drop zone it really should be job done now, but you don’t get the impression that Beattie will be letting the team slack off at this stage, so those who did write us off have a bit of egg on their faces at the moment.

With six games left and a total of 18 points to still play for, it’s phenomenal to think that we are only ten points off the final play off spot given how we started the season.

Now that would be a step too far this season but pushing ourselves into the top ten would be a massive achievement and it’s doable.