A timely lift for Wilson as Tom tips the scales; VANARAMA NORTH.
BORO boss Kevin Wilson was happy to put a bad week behind him as his side ground out victory against strugglers Lowestoft.
Recent signing Tom Elliott netted on his home league debut to settle a tight encounter and go some way to helping his new teammates forget the setback of a three-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player earlier in the season.
While Wilson was delighted to get three points on the board - only Boro's fourth maximum haul in 16 league outings - he admitted that the performance wasn't quite to the high standards he expected.
"I've been saying for weeks that it's not about performances, it's about getting results," said Wilson.
"The weather wasn't conducive to a good game, but we didn't play well enough. We didn't get the ball down quick enough and had no tempo to our game.
"It was a bit frustrating all round. We lacked the final ball and when went 1-0 up we had a few more chances that we should have taken.
"We've ground a result out, but it was an ugly win. In that period, we did play some good football but there was no tempo to it - but an ugly win is better than no win."
Elliott's goal just after the hourmark capped an encouraging display by the diminutive midfielder, although he and his teammates were lucky to escape unscathed.
The visiting Trawler Boys, who hold the worst away record in the league, were well organised and made it difficult for their play-off chasing hosts - only Vamara Sanogo going close for Boro in the first half when his low effort was blocked at the near post by goalkeeper Ben Killip.
And Lowestoft nearly got their reward when winger Robert Eagle's shot took a huge deflection off Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and went just wide with Jordan Smith wrong footed.
Debutant Sanogo saw another chance go begging after Elliott put him clean through on goal, but it wasn't to prove costly.
A slick move ended with Elliott slipping the ball beneath Killip from eight yards to grab all three points.
Joe Maguire hit the bar as the home side tried to extend their lead, but they were left hanging on as former Peterborough United forward Danny Crow went close to grabbing an equaliser on two occasions in the dying moments.
Although the club are appealing the points deduction, Wilson said it was an issue that he had to ensure didn't creep into his side's performance.
"Me and Steve Chettle are the only grumpy ones here," Wilson joked.
"We spoke to the lads and it's nobody's fault. We're all in it together, and we win as a group and lose as a group.
"Now's the time to see if I've recruited the right people to be in the dressing room. I believe we have, but at times we don't get our foot on it and do the right things."
With the play-off race coming down to the wire, Wilson also called on the fans to get behind the team to help them get over the line.
He added: "It's a two-way thing because we need to produce the football to get the fans behind us. But we need them as much as they want us to get into the play-offs."
Nuneaton Town: Smith, Clifton, C Keane, J Keane (Scott 82), Maguire, Rowe-Turner, Elliott, Byrne, Whitehouse, Sanogo, Ironside (Harewood 89). Substitutes not used: Lyttle, Duffy, Waite. Lowestoft Town: Killip, Barker, Smith (Mason 70), Henderson, Spillane, Kyprianou, Marsden (Nyadzo 82), Rossi Jarvis, Ryan Jarvis, Crow, Eagle. Substitutes not used: Bammant, Putjins. Referee: Joe Hull Attendance: 537
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