Rob Kelly praised the attitude and desire of his players after Scott Quigley’s dramatic late goal earned them all three points at Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night.
The striker’s 89th-minute drive was nothing more than The Bluebirds deserved, after putting in a much-improved performance at a wet and windy Boundary Park.
Caretaker boss Kelly was full of praise for the squad and encouraged them to enjoy the win but warned that they still have a lot of hard work in front of them.
“It’s been a difficult period for us so it was great to finish the game like that,” Kelly told iFollow.
“I thought we played well tonight. We showed a lot of character and resilience, but we also played some good football as well against a good team.
“The lads were brave with the ball which is important, particularly when you’re where we are and people might be worried about making mistakes but I will take that if they’re trying to do the right things.
“I said to them that we need to be really good at all the things that nobody can stop you doing – working hard, competing, running and chasing - and then the rest will take care of itself.
“Scoring that late on puts the players on a high so they’ll enjoy it, we’ll dust ourselves off tomorrow and then go again on Thursday but it’s important that everybody enjoys it.
“The Club tells me that lots of fans watch the game online. I am a bit of a luddite and I don’t really understand iFollow and all that, but I am pleased for them and for everyone.
“It’s a foothold for us. We know what we’re in – we’re in a dogfight, but I think we saw some dogs out there tonight.”