Chris Hardy said that he was “over the moon” with yesterday’s impressive 2-0 victory over local rivals, Scarborough Athletic, in front of a bumper crowd at the Turnbull Ground.
Both sides came into the match having not been on the best of form, however Whitby looked the side with more confidence on the day, pleasing the supporters and staff.
And Hardy showed how much this victory meant in his post-match interview yesterday afternoon where his delight was evident from start to finish.
“I’m massively delighted by that”, said Hardy.
“To get a clean sheet, and win by two goals to the good, it’s massive. We spoke before the game about it being a derby, and a proper derby game meaning that we had to be organised on and off the ball.
“We had to be clinical on the ball as well, and I feel that we did that for the most part, and we did it much better than our opponents.”
The Blues’ manager spoke about how his players were clearly up for the match, and they gave 100% in everything they did on the day.
It was always likely for the Seasiders to be ready to give their all against local rivals, however Hardy just wanted to ensure that nothing was left on the pitch afterwards.
“We had key performances in key positions,” Hardy believes.
“I thought that Jack (Norton) in goal was excellent without having an awful lot to do. His kicking was good and his commanding of the area was good, so that gives us a good platform.
“Our centre-halves played good games, along with the full-backs. I thought Leon (Scott) was immense, and Adam Gell was his usual self, and Ash Coffey up front gave us a focal point.”
On the support, Chris Hardy would like to see this level of support on a more regular basis, stating that a large crowd can help his team to get results.
The noise created in the Turnbull Ground was incredible, and something that is usually not evident on a home match day, which is why Hardy pleads for you to come back.
“That’s derby day for you”, Hardy said.
“That’s what we’d like to see week in, week out, but I know it’s not possible at the moment, which is a shame and I think we’re missing a trick from a playing point of view and a supporting point of view.
“When the two come together, and we’re winning it’s a good feeling. Players get a really good return from the great support, and it’s important for us.”
WATCH Chris Hardy’s post-Scarborough Athletic interview by following this link.