Rob Kelly insisted his players deserved their three points after Josh Kay’s late goal earned them a precious victory over Walsall at The Banks’s Stadium on Friday night.
The Bluebirds were in the ascendancy for much of a scrappy contest, but it took a clinical finish from substitute Kay three minutes from time to finally settle the encounter in their favour.
The result lifted Kelly’s men three points above the bottom two and the caretaker boss was once again pleased with the application shown by all of his players.
“I thought it was a tough game and a tight game,” Kelly told iFollow.
“They had a spell of about 15 minutes or so in the second half once they made their substitutions which freshened them up a bit but, overall, in a game of few chances if a team deserved to win it was us.
“I said to them beforehand that we had to match their energy in the way we played and that I felt our experience and quality would give us the edge – and fortunately, that’s how it worked out.
“In the situation we’re in, we know we have to find some wins and the players have made it happen tonight – they showed spirit, endeavour and we way we set about our task was really good again.
“We know this means a lot to people in Barrow and the players are aware. It sounds like I go on about this a lot but I just love football and it’s taken 48 years for the Club to get here so we have to do everything we possibly can.
“They all know how much it means to people and we know how hard people have worked to get Barrow to the Football League, so we have to do everything to maintain that.”