Carl Jarrett hailed a 'superb' performance, as a thinned Redcar Athletic outfought play-off chasing West Auckland Town.

The boss had high praise for all eleven players involved in the thrilling victory, a feat he stressed was not to be underestimated given the ‘tempo’ of the division, and the opposition.

One of the more thrilling nights on the Redcar seafront, Redcar Athletic matched, and even bettered, a side third in the league, clinching a fourth successive home win in the process.

Adam Boyes opened the scoring, rising to nod home Curtis Round’s deft free kick delivery, before Dale Hopson took a similar dead ball on alone, picking out the stanchion with a phenomenal effort.

Josh Scott’s flicked header let West Auckland back into the contest on the brink of halftime, momentum they carried into the second period, albeit to no avail.

Jack Blackford worked tirelessly to open his account in red and navy to put an end to the affair, eventually settling for an assist, slotting the ball on a plate for an onrushing Layton Watts.

CARL JARRETT

‘Proud’ at both the effort and endeavour shown by his slim squad, Carl Jarrett wasn’t short of a few words of praise.

The boss admitted his side had a couple of poor moments, but on the whole, lauded a fantastic performance in the face of stern opposition.

I thought it was an excellent result, first and foremost.

The performance was superb from the lads. I’ve just told them all how proud I am of them.

Turning up with just eleven fit lads, with ‘Bully’ on the bench, we’ve got quite a lot of injuries at the present minute, but take nothing away from any single person who played a part in that win.

It was superb. We played some great stuff, again.

We got sloppy sometimes, especially with the goal we conceded, but other than that, we commanded the first half, just like we did on Saturday.

I said to the lads at halftime, we’ll get a few chances, and if we could just stick one away, we could see the game to bed.

We had that many chances in the second half, I was thinking to myself: ‘it’s not going to happen, it’s juts not going to happen for us.’

They did push, especially towards the 60th minute onwards, but our lads have dug deep.

Those eleven lads, I mean, people don’t realise the high tempo. They’re bringing four or five subs on, and they’re bringing quality on as well, the strength and depth of a squad that I have got too, but unfortunately they’re on the injury table.

It’s very frustrating when you’re turning around and seeing Lee Bullock and Matty Wilkinson as the only subs.

The full credit goes to the starting eleven, and the finishing eleven, because they have done a fantastic job, beating a team that are right up there.

They’re sitting third in the league, we beat Whickham on Saturday, they’re also high up. We’re just starting to understand how we want to play.

The pitch here suits us, it suits the way we want to play.

The lads are buying into it, especially the last two games, and we’re going to try and play like that as much as we can this season.

You can see when we do play like that, we play really, really well.

The amount of running, and the performance, I can’t knock it at all.

Superb. Great three points for us. Let’s take it into Saturday.

DEFENSIVE SOLIDITY

Where the forwards often reap the plaudits in such thrilling victories, Jarrett was keen to show some appreciation to his defence, who marshalled one of the best attacking line-ups in the division to all but perfection.

Offering a few kind words about West Auckland’s offensive prowess, the Redcar boss hailed the mentality of his players, praising both their attitude and resilience to ‘dig deep.’ 

I thought their front four were very good.

And Oscar (Fletcher) as well, he’s very very tidy. I had him at Marske for a bit, but he’s come on leaps and bounds with Gary (Forrest), he’s a great little football player.

Josh (Scott) held the ball up well for them up top. I know him, because I had him at Marske too.

The front two, Nathan (Greenwood) and James Harrison, they were very good as well.

They caused us a lot of threat over about 60 or 70 minutes.

I said to the lads, we have to be careful here, or they might nick an equaliser.

We dug deep again, as a defensive unit.

Kev, and Charlie and Millsy, and of course, Fergie. Cal is doing his job at the present minute, buying in to what we want him to do.

In my eyes, I thought our man of the match was Nathan Guru. I thought he was outstanding.

You always look at the ‘flair players,’ the people that score the goals, but when you’re asking a lad to play centre half, and then right back, left back and centre mid?

He can just go and do it so easily. He’s got a lot going on there for himself.

Nathan Guru was fantastic. 

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