03:09PM, Thursday 09 February 2017
Maidenhead United showed their strength, spirit and character when they needed it most on Saturday.
Trailing to Marvin Brooks’ slightly fortunate finish late in the game the Magpies’ proud unbeaten home record this season looked to be coming to an end.
But Christian Smith’s wonderful strike, three minutes into injury time, rescued a valuable point for the Magpies, one that could prove crucial to their hopes of promotion when the final standings are tallied up.
Magpies assistant manager Sam Lock said the team had shown their character when they were up against it.
“Poole are a strong side, a good side,” he said. “We battled and it was a to and fro game. Both teams had chances but they got the first goal which put us up against it.
“But we showed our character, how strong we are.
“It doesn’t matter that it’s a point.
“You’re going to go through blips in the season, you’re going to drop points, you’re going to win and lose games, but other teams aren’t going to win every game either.
“We’ll happily take a point and go onto the next game against Hemel Hempstead (away on Saturday).
“Our home form speaks for itself. To go 1-0 down against a good team with a few minutes to go, it shows massive character to come back and I thought it was what we deserved. We were patient and waited for our opportunity.”
Smith’s strike was worthy of the entrance fee to York Road alone, and Lock was full of praise for a player who’s spent plenty of time warming the substitute’s bench this season.
“We’ve got players in the squad who can do what Christian did,” Lock said. “I thought he did brilliantly coming off the bench. He won every header he went for and the strike speaks for itself. He’s just leant into it, wrapped his foot around it and it’s a fantastic strike.
“They (Poole) got a bit of luck with their goal but we didn’t need luck in the end because we had that bit of quality that was needed.”
Looking forward to Saturday’s trip to Hemel, Lock added: “We know that and we’re in it for the long haul. We’ll go to the next game positive.
“Today (Saturday) was a proper test and if you’re saying we’re not quite at our best and we’ve got a point against a strong Poole side then we’ll take that and go into next week looking for a win.
“We’re not the kind of team that will go 1-0 down and fold. A lot of sides would have gone down today and lost by two or three but we’re not that type of team.
“We worked the opportunity for the goal and we’ll take that into our next game and try to get back to where we were.”
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