MARK WARBURTON was full of praise for Dominic Ball after the on loan youngster stepped in to a midfield vacated by Jason Holt and Andy Halliday.
Injury and suspension respectively meant Warburton was without two of his top performers for the crunch clash, but he was delighted by Ball’s contribution.
He said: “He’s a twenty year old centre half, on loan at the club and he’s been asked to play out of position. I thought he did a tremendous job in there.
“He knew the emphasis that would be on him and there was a big crowd in a very important game and for a young player to respond in that manner speaks volumes for him.
“We’re delighted with him and the role that he played for the team and he had a key part in us winning the three points.
“The only negative in the second half is that we never ever run the ball into the corner.
“We never do that and when I saw Dominic doing that at the end I was running down the touchline to tell him myself.”
It wasn’t only Warburton who had energy for a run down to the touchline late in the game. He was pleased by the work ethic his players maintained until the last minute.
He added: “It tells you that the players are fit and that there is a hunger and a desire within the squad.
“We knew that we weren’t at our best but sometimes you have to win ugly and those were a big three points for us.
“If you can win when you are not quite at your best then it speaks volumes about the desire and commitment within our squad.”