Coasters’ boss praises his four-star players

Sam Finley opens the scoring for AFC Fylde      Picture: Steve McLellan
Sam Finley opens the scoring for AFC Fylde Picture: Steve McLellan

AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor praised his players’ response after beating Darlington 1883 on Saturday.

After a couple of indifferent results, the Coasters continue to close in on promotion thanks to a 4-1 victory at Mill Farm.

Challinor said: “It was a brilliant performance. In the end, we ran out convincing winners but it could have been a very sticky game.

“We thoroughly deserved to win the game and it was the best that we’ve played for a long time. It was a complete team performance.

“There were lots of tired bodies out there and us going up the other end and scoring after they did gave us a massive boost. It was a game that had everything.

“You’ve got to have determination to get that result out your system. Darlington had a game on Wednesday and whether they trained on Thursday I don’t know.

“Being full-time gives us an advantage to get things out of your system, whether that’s a game, a result or a performance. You have to take advantage of that.”

“We had really good chats throughout the week to re-emphasise what we are about. Today was about us going to show, are we ready to compete? Yes. Are we ready to work? Absolutely. Are we ready to win? Yes we are.”

“We can talk in the dressing room about us being top of the league and things like that. Ultimately, you’ve got to go out and prove that.”