‘We were brilliant’ – Bootle performance praised as David McNabb insists ‘three big games’ remain

Tom Peterson celebrates for Bootle

David McNabb insists Bootle must not rest on their laurels after beating Trafford as Tom Peterson is lauded for his double.

After beating Danny Caldecott’s side, they face a quick turnaround as they travel to rivals Prescot Cables looking to further themselves from the bottom four.

Their win took them three points clear as Peterson inspired the Bucks as McNabb claimed his first win since replacing Steve McNulty following his resignation.

“The performance against Mossley was a million per cent better than the Colne game so it’s just about taking it forward now and not resting on our laurels,” he told Off The Park.

“We’ve got another three big games left so we’ve got to go and win them.”

The triumph seemed comfortable in the end and Bootle professionally saw the game out after the striker doubled their lead with 20 minutes remaining.

McNabb praised the number nine for his displays in their opening three games but couldn’t pick a standout from the squad, heralding the all-round team performance.

He continued: “I think it’s hard to pick, I thought the backline was really good, strong, aggressive and did really well and Tom Peterson did really well. It’s hard to pick a single player but as a unit, we were brilliant.

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“Tom’s been excellent since we’ve come in, he didn’t deserve to be on the losing side against Colne or Mossley. I think he had a shot against Mossley that hit the post, he was unlucky, he got his just rewards today.”

The home win marked their first in the league since they beat Prescot Cables on Boxing Day. A rare triumph in familiar surroundings could provide the foundations for a strong end to the campaign in the last three games.

McNabb was pleased to send the fans home happy but has called on them for their trip to the Joseph Russell Stadium where they look to make it two wins in two,

“I think sending the fans home happy was important because we’re going to need them on Monday, they haven’t too many happy days at home I think Boxing Day was the last win,” he said. “It’s a good three points, home three points and we take it into Monday.

“A couple of clever set-pieces, which were well worked, were the only thing where we looked like we may concede but we rode our luck a little bit and saw it out seeing out the second contacts well,” the Bootle manager added on their defensive display. “After that, I don’t think we really looked like conceding.”

With two games in three days, Bootle opted to train once this week before letting the players have a night off which was used as a team-building exercise. The move has been described as important by the Bucks manager.

He concluded: “It’s good, I think it was important with two games in three days that the lads got together, had a bit of camaraderie, a laugh and a joke, it’s worked today you could say, let’s see if it works Monday.”

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