Widnes manager Dave Dempsey was left delighted with his side’s performance during their win over Ramsbottom United.
Sam Turner’s deflected volley proved to be the difference as Dempsey took pleasure in the triumph despite not playing well.
But for the Widnes boss as they sit on the edge of the top half, he’s looking to advance up the table and set a benchmark for the remainder of this season to take into the next campaign.
“Huge three points, the points were more important than the performance. We’ve played better and not got the results since we come in and we were on the better end of that outcome,” he told Off The Park.
“They never played massively well, there’s a lot to improve on, when you’re winning games it’s that old cliche of wins bring momentum.
“You pick up points sometimes that you feel you got away with and that’s certainly the case last night.
“The effort, when you’re not playing your best football, you’ve still got to work hard. That’s the minimum you expect to go out and run, challenge, win the duels and that’s what they did.
“We have played better, we never managed to get the ball down and play through the thirds as we have done in the last couple of weeks but we got the goal, kept a clean sheet.
“Although there are a few negatives, a few niggles we’re not happy, but the lads come together, stuck as one, hard to break down, credit to Lee and Rammy they had good opportunities, luckily for us they didn’t manage to put them away but that’s football.
“We’ve been on the other end of games where we’ve played well and not had the rub of the green and not come away with the points, we’ll take it, we’ll move onto the next game.
“We’ve won seven in 10, we’re in a really good moment, we’re winning games so there’s no reason we can’t benchmark the likes of Trafford and City of Liverpool.
“If we look after ourselves and keep picking up points, every team beats everyone in this league, there’s always a couple of freak results, it’s bonkers to be honest.
“There’s no reason why we can’t, we’ll benchmark the top half, just to be saying that is fantastic and a testament to where the boys have come.”