Michael Jolley praised his players for the way the spirit and determination which saw them celebrate a crucial win over Scunthorpe United at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.
In a largely scrappy affair, it was Josh Kay’s well taken goal just prior to the hour mark which settled it in The Bluebirds favour and saw Jolley’s men leapfrog their visitors in the table.
The Barrow boss was delighted with the commitment his players showed in defending that lead and collecting their first three points of the New Year.
“Coming in to this afternoon I think we expected that type of game,” Jolley told iFollow.
“Scunny and ourselves are in a similar part of the table and there was pressure on both teams to get a result; it wasn’t a beautiful game but the important thing in a match like that is to get the win and we managed to do it.
“I think that is what it is going to take between now and the end of the season. It’s not always going to be beautiful possession-based football that Barrow have been known for.
“We want to continue with that, of course, but equally clean sheets and putting your bodies on the line in the way we did today are important as well and I am really pleased with how we defended our goal.
“There were some pockets of good play and moves from us during the game and certainly the goal was excellent – it was a great combination between Luke James and Harrison Biggins then a great finish from Josh Kay.
“We’ve got a good win and big three points in the bag and I think maybe it’s good we have some breathing space now to reassess, see where we are at and move forward.”