‘Sometimes you have to win ugly’ – Skelmersdale United boss Richard Brodie makes admission after Colne win

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Skelmersdale United manager Richard Brodie had no complaints about their win over Colne.

Michael Grogan’s winner six minutes from time handed Skem their second win in as many games and a second straight victory for Brodie.

The win took them up to 13th ahead of a busy and difficult schedule for the Blues as they face both of the top two in the Northern Premier League West.

He told Off The Park: “It was a hard earned win, it was tough conditions, a tough place to go, we haven’t got a divine right to win any game in this league, we’ve just been promoted so we have to go and respect the opposition, albeit they had a couple of opportunities.

“They had a gameplan, the slope on the pitch, the wind, we won the toss and kicked down the hill second-half. It probably suited us and the quality in the game was poor from both sides but we chipped away and sometimes you have to win ugly.

“We’ve played a lot of better and got beat, you’re there to get three points and we did, two established teams in this division, we’ve gone away from home and got six points.

“Two weeks ago, I’d of snapped your hand off for six points because we lost six on the bounce. 

“Confidence is high, the dressing room is very good. We’ve signed good lads and it’s paying off, you need that team spirit.

“We go into Mossley, how tight the division is, we’re going there to get three points. Another established team in this division, second in the table, they’ve earned that. We have to go there, earn it, work hard, do the right things and hopefully we’ll get a result from it.

“One hundred per cent expecting a difficult game, no one is three points off Macclesfield being a poor side. We go to Macclesfield coincidentally a week after, it’s a tough couple of weeks for us. You have to play them at some point and it’s a challenge for us, I see it as a challenge.

“As a player I liked to play the better sides and challenge myself against the best sides, as a manager, I want to challenge myself against the best sides as well. I want to show them what our teams about, I’ve got confidence in all the lads.”

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