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Early scare was what we needed, says Street boss Badman

By Central Somerset Gazette  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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Surviving a difficult start to Saturday's Toolstation Premier Division clash with Bridport was the best way of kicking Street out of their current rut, according to manager Dan Badman.

The Cobblers had suffered four defeats in their last five matches but returned to winning ways at the Tannery Ground, as well as securing their first clean sheet since the opening day of the season, with a 2-0 victory.

Street had to withstand some heavy pressure in the opening exchanges before an own goal and Matt Hurley's header earned them the points.

"That was a really good comeback after a shaky opening 20-minute spell," said a delighted Badman. " It was a bit like last week, to be honest, when we dominated Larkhall but then lost to a late goal.

"The difference was that this week we probably had that little bit of extra luck we needed, especially as they missed an open goal early on.

"That was probably the best thing that could have happened to us as our concentration levels became a lot tighter – it was a real wake-up call for us."

Badman added that his players needed to take the credit for the team's victory, with all of the match-day squad doing their bit for the cause to ensure they did not suffer a third straight loss.

"Every single player worked for each other to help turn the game around," said Badman.

"Ben Amghar didn't miss a header the whole game and his partnership with Kyle McErlain in the centre of defence is getting stronger all the time. They are going to be an awesome pairing once they get a good run of games under their belts.

"With Tom Clifford-Jones dropping off the two of them, it made for good team ethic and the work rate was top drawer from everyone.

"I think the difference now is that our midfield has the ability to dominate games. The defence has never really been a problem but the midfield is gelling and working hard for each other now. We probably have not always been able to say that in recent years.

"We have the potential to become a very good team. Our work rate is improving by the game and we have to make sure we keep that up.

"We are doing the basic things really well and that is important when you play opponents who like to make the game difficult."

Assistant manager Paul Skinner, who recently joined the club from Cheddar, was pleased the Cobblers were able to record a rare shut out.

He said: "We have been working hard in training to improve on how we deal with set-pieces.

"That has been our Achilles heel in recent weeks but in the last two games we have shown a marked improvement in that area.

"Bridport didn't have a free header or look dangerous from any corners or free-kicks. We have to make sure that those good things are carried through into every game we play."

Street will turn their attentions to the FA Vase when they entertain Gillingham Town in the second qualifying round on Saturday (3pm).

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