INSTITUTE: Kevin Deery delighted with players never desire
Institute manager Kevin Deery felt his side showed great spirit to come from behind and defeat Lurgan Celtic, on Saturday.
Deery felt that midfielder Niall Grace’s appearance at the game helped his team win the points in the most dramatic style.
Trailing to Steven Hutchinson’s free-kick. the Waterside men claimed all three points thanks to Michael McCrudden’s late leveller from the penalty spot and Alex Pomeroy’s stoppage time winner.
“It was great character from my boys to come back,” he said.
“We could have been a few goals to the good but it just wasn’t going in for us. The desire that we showed not only to draw the game but to win is a testament to those boys.
“They had a real sickener last week (at Larne) so it’s a great way of picking ourselves up and it was a great victory.”
Despite falling a goal behind the Stute gaffer always felt his players could bounce back.
“The first goal in this division is always important but I sensed today that we definitely weren’t going to get beat,” he added.
“The body language whenever their goal went in was hard to see, a few of the boys put their heads down but it’s my job to tell them straight away that we were still in it and thankfully they showed a great attitude to come back into it and I think we deserved the three points.
“It’s those sorts of victories that can really define your season.
“Draws are alright to keep an unbeaten run going but they’re very ineffective over the season, you need to be winning games and I think this performance will give us a real belief that the next few fixtures we can get a couple of wins.”
Deery was delighted that Jamie McIntyre played his part in the first goal, as the talented winger was upended inside the box for the penalty.
“The penalty was definitely a foul and the only decision was if it was inside or outside of the box,” admitted the Stute boss.
“I watch Jamie McIntyre and he does that to our boys in training. He shows you the ball and then he has this ability to take it away as you put your foot in and that’s why the referee had to come to the penalty decision.”
Unfortunately, the Waterside men had another man sent-off this time Gareth McFadden was shown a red card and Deery had no complains about the decision.
“I’m disappointed with Gareth because there’s no real need for him to do that,” he conceded.
“He just needs to get back into his shape but he’s tried to wrestle with the boy and whenever a team is a man down they have an instinct to try and even it up whenever you lift your hand.
“I don’t think there was a whole lot in it but it’s something he has to learn as a young player. He was bit too erratic in that situation. He should’ve just walked away and defended it.”