Gary Owers dedicated Saturday’s 3-0 home victory against Leyton Orient to the Yellow Army following their continued support through a difficult time for the club.
United made it two wins from two after goals from Josh McQuoid and Luke Young in the first half before an early second-half goal from Jamie Reid.
“I’m pleased for the supporters more than anything to be honest,” Owers told the local media. “They’ve endured some difficult results at home recently and I feel that they’re still behind us, they’ll go away happy tonight.
“I thought we could have done better in the first half and if I’m honest one or two really good chances went begging again, so there’s always room for improvement and that’s apparent still if you look at the league table.”
Not only was it two wins from two for United, but consecutive clean sheets too and Owers was keen to highlight the importance of a strong defensive performance.
“If you keep it blank at our end we’ll get the points, but they went out and scored an early goal. I remember an old manager I used to play under many years ago always used to say ‘the third goal is a killer’ and so it proved.”
Jamie Reid scored his fourth goal of the season to complete the victory and Owers couldn’t speak highly enough of the striker.
“Jamie Reid was outstanding today, as were a number of other players. His work rate, attitude towards the game. He’s a good example to the rest of our players. He’s a local lad and I think he’ll do alright. I think he can improve and possibly play in the league if he wants to. Hopefully one day that might be with us but that’s a long way off at the moment. I like players like him, honest players that give everything and leave everything on the pitch where it should be left.
“All of a sudden a couple of lads are being left off the bench or the team sheet and that’s not nice for them, but they’ve got to play themselves into the team now and I’ve said that from day one. Something that hasn’t escaped my thoughts is how fit and strong the players look now because I don’t think we could have done 10 weeks ago.”
Owers has challenged his squad to pull themselves out of trouble before the busy schedule that comes with the Christmas period kicks in.
“I’ve said to the players, let’s try and get out of trouble now. We don’t want to be going into spring in this position and the season from December to April always seem to go very quickly.”