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Hardy praises support in Stalybridge victory

Whitby Town manager, Chris Hardy has praised Whitby Town’s supporters for their hand in helping his side to victory yesterday evening.

Despite taking an early lead through Junior Mondal, the Blues were often put under pressure by a strong Celtic side, who had Hardy’s men on the ropes, particular during the second half.

The visitors did manage to equalise during the opening period, also missing a penalty, however it appeared that Junior Mondal’s pace and skill would do the damage, but Hardy admitted that the fans played a big part in his sides’ performance on the night.

“It’s brilliant, it’s absolutely fantastic,” said Hardy talking about the support.

“If we can continue to see this and build on it, then even better. The boys went over at the end to show their appreciation to the crowd.

“Good noise all the way through, good support all the way through and long may that continue.”

As well as praising the crowd, the Blues’ manager also showed his delight in the business that his side did on the pitch, up against a useful side.

Hardy was aware of the pressure put on his team, and the dangers that Stalybridge held. These dangers were dealt with well over the course of the ninety minutes.

“We really put our bodies on the line,” admitted Hardy.

“The game was played in difficult conditions but we defended from the front and managed to get ourselves over the finish line. We had a smart performance tonight.

“We didn’t hold our first lead for as long as we would have hoped, but we always contained a threat going forwards which was important.”

The Whitby manager knew that the conditions were going to be tough to play in, particular in the first half for his side. During the second period, the Seasiders struggled to use the conditions to their advantage due to the sustained pressure from the visitors.

In the end, the relief was evident from Hardy that his side managed to get over the line with three points, especially after Saturday’s FA Cup disappointment.

“The conditions in the first 45 were very difficult,” Hardy said.

“We knew we’d take on a fair bit of pressure, but we withstood that for the most part. It was disappointing for them to equalise but going into the interval with a positive scoreline was important.

“We managed to hold the lead and see it out and fortunately see the game through.”

WATCH Chris Hardy’s post-Stalybridge Celtic interview with Paul Connolly on the Whitby Town Facebook Page.