Kevin Maher said the composure Cav Miley displayed to score a stoppage-time winner at Torquay United was “unbelievable”.
The Blues captain back in the day, Miley chose to hang on to the ball with options all around her, and kept shooting for her first goal for the club and a 2-1 win at Plainmoor.
After the game, head coach Maher said, “It feels amazing. They (the players) keep getting hit with things and keep hitting back. I can’t praise them enough – the scenes at the end were amazing and what a goal!”
“He always says he has one on him and it can actually end when he gets there! It’s an absolutely brilliant goal to keep that calm in the moment.
“Maybe we made the wrong decision sometimes, so to show that composure was amazing.”
United now have five wins from their last six league games, bouncing back from a 4-0 loss to Notts County. Maher couldn’t praise his players enough: “To me, they are unbreakable.
“It was another long trip. You are trapped and under pressure away from home; it would have been easy to give in, but they didn’t.
“We have been the same all season. We have received blows and continue to respond. It all depends on the players. We try to give them tactics, but in the end they are not tactics, that is heart and quality. I’m lucky enough to direct them and that’s the highest compliment I can pay them.”
Callum Powell had opened the scoring in the first half with his first goal since November, and Maher was pleased for the striker after he was benched for the midweek defeat.
“Tuesday was up to me, not the players, so I’m delighted that Powelly came in and got his goal. We kept talking with him to be in those areas inside the box to score goals, it was a great game and a good finish.”
After Lewis Collins had equalized for the Gulls they looked more likely to go on and win it, but solid defensive work from the Blues provided the platform for the late winner.
“We played well in the first half once the game settled down a bit. We could have had one or two more and we looked like a threat at half-time for the whole game.
“There were long shots and free kicks going in and around the box, but we held it off.”
The Shrimpers get a rare midweek break, but they’re in action under the lights this week. Barnet will be visiting Roots Hall on Friday night and tickets are available here.