Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson pinpointed the referee’s decision to disallow a first-half Brett Williams equaliser as a turning point in the Gulls’ 3-1 victory over Braintree.
Williams went on to score twice and before on-loan defender, Jordan Lee clinched all three points by scoring United’s third of game.
“The decision to disallow our goal was arguably one of the best things that happened to us in the game,” explained Nicholson.
“It sparked some real life into us and from then on there was only one team that was going to win it. Their keeper has pulled off three or four unbelievable saves, otherwise I think it could have been more but very happy with the boys, very happy with their application, very happy with their fitness, very happy with how they just went about doing their job. I’ve told them, as much as I want to move on to the next game it’s only fair that they can enjoy that feeling for tonight.”
Nicholson praised Williams’ character after scoring a brace in the game, despite the decision that went against him in the first half.
“I thought it was a great goal. The ball got to him off two ricochets off their guys so as far as I am concerned, it’s not offside but until I look at the video, it’s hard to be sure. My emotions down there were that I couldn’t believe it got disallowed. For Brett to then go and finish a tougher chance the next time round, he’s an incredibly talented footballer and a big game player, he showed that today.”
Nicholson was also full of praise for on-loan Bournemouth defender Lee, who has flourished in a more advanced role in recent weeks.
“Delighted for young Jordan, whose shown some real character to hang in there when things weren’t going his way here. I imagine that he’ll remember that goal for some time.
“Reidy could have had two or three. To go out on the left wing and do the job that he did for the team was excellent on his part. Brett could have had another one. Ruairi’s had a few chances. We could have had four or five quite easily today and I wouldn’t have been thinking that’s anything less than we deserved.”
The Torquay United supporters delivered at a time that the club needed them most, recording the highest attendance of the season, as 2580 fans created a brilliant atmosphere inside Plainmoor. Nicholson is hoping to see more of the same from the supporters.
“I’ve heard a rumour that one or two of them are going [to Dover] dressed as Torquay players. If they come and back us like they have there, they can be assured that our lads will give everything like they did there and let’s make sure we go and do the job next week to take it to the last day, because you never know what will happen there.”