By Matt Bishop
Braintree Town manager Brad Quinton admitted he doesn’t mind if his side “win ugly” after their hard-fought win against Concord Rangers lifted them into the play-offs.
The National League South side now sit sixth, with just two points separating the top seven sides, after they beat their Essex rivals 1-0 thanks to Phil Roberts’ first-half goal.
It was a much-need result after the Iron blew leads against Hemel Hempstead and East Thurrock in recent weeks, and Quinton was delighted to see his players dig in and find a way to win – even if it wasn’t always easy on the eye.
Speaking to the Braintree and Witham Times, the manager said: “I was very disappointed with the match at Hemel Hempstead and that 11 minutes in the second half after we’d been comfortably in front.
“We need to defend as a unit and if you have to put it in someone’s front room over the road to clear the danger then so be it.
“I was pleased with what I saw at Concord. The clean sheet was important, as well as the three points because that is what I asked for.
“It was very frustrating seeing four or five chances missed but you have to win ugly sometimes.”
Quinton also saved a special mention for the travelling Braintree supporters, who stuck with the side in terrible weather conditions to witness a mightily important away win.
“I have to mention the fans as they were great in wet and horrible conditions.” said the boss. “Their support was different class and hopefully we can kick on now.