Steven Daley admitted that Prescot Cables’ 2-1 win over City of Liverpool felt different.
First-half goals from Kyle Sambor and John Murphy sent the Bulls into the Northern Premier League West playoff positions.
The Cables strikeforce are in competition amongst each other for the club’s golden boot and Sambor was on hand to lash a fierce first-time effort beyond Calvin Hare after Jack Goodwin’s initial deflected effort was saved.
Sambor’s effort, his seventh of the season, took him to within one goal of levelling his teammate’s tally. But Murphy moved ahead with his eighth goal of the season as he doubled their lead after his shot crept in off the inside of the post.
They were made to work hard for the points as the Purps had a number of chances in the opening 45 before putting the hosts under siege in the second-half.
Xenon Bahula was among the three half-time changes from City of Liverpool manager and halved the deficit before Cables were forced to defend resolutely to claim the points.
Daley admitted that his passion overspilled slightly following their win but added that the manner of the win added to the satisfaction.
“As you can see from the final whistle a little emotional but sometimes you’ve got to show you care a little bit,” he told Off The Park.
“They come on strong in the second half, which we expected and gave us a good run for our money but we got there in the end.
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“This game is a little bit different to anything else. Tuesday night, under the lights, it’s a derby, all the lads know each other and there’s bragging rights. There’s always added pressure to get this one over the line, get the points and it’s satisfying.
“I could feel the tension building in the warm up and I just wanted to use that energy, use it throughout the game. In the first half, I thought we were good value and good in the turnover. They come out strong but on the sidelines, I was trying to keep a lid on it (emotions) and keep everything in check.
“Their keeper goes up at the end and grazes the post, which was great by the way, but you need games like that to show character. We’ve got young lads at the back and we’ve got to remember that, it will stand them in good set.”