Jimmy Dean couldn’t have been happier on Saturday evening after watching his Peterborough Sports side see off promotion rivals Tamworth in emphatic fashion.
The BetVictor Southern League Premier Central pair were separated by just two points before yesterday’s game, which the Turbines won 4-2 thanks to goals from Dion Sembie-Ferris (2), Mark Jones and Abduramane Sano-Sani.
Dean admits he challenged his side to give him a reaction after a poor showing midweek against strugglers Hitchin Town, a game they lost 4-0.
“This was a massive win. We had a terrible performance on Tuesday, the worst since I’ve been here – I told the players I wanted a reaction,” he said.
“All I can ask my boys to do is give me a performance, show me that Tuesday night was a one-off and see what result we could get. I didn’t expect a win, but I expected a performance after Tuesday and god did they give me it.
“It felt today that if they scored one, we could score two. I’m buzzing.”
With results elsewhere going in their favour, the victory against the Lambs puts Sports up to second in the table, leapfrogging Tamworth.
But despite now being just three points adrift of leaders Bromsgrove Sporting, with two games in hand, Dean isn’t getting carried away.
“A few weeks ago, we were flying. You think you’re going to mount a serious challenge and then you play someone like Hitchin who were in 17th place and they beat us 4-0,” he said.
“Then we play arguably one of, if not the best team in the division and beat them 4-2. My lesson has been learned – I’m not looking at the league anymore, I’m not interested in the league and I’m not letting my players talk about it. I’m not going there anymore because it hurts when it goes wrong.
“Our aim when we came up was to stay in the division,” he added. “We’re second. For me, I want to see how far we can get down the stream.”