MARTIN McIntosh came away from Bracken Moor happy with the three points, but unhappy with the treatment dished out to his two strikers.
Jamie Jackson and Ben Tomlinson were subjected to some heavy challenges early in Tuesday’s game, but the Tigers boss stopped short of blaming the match officials.
He told the Guardian: “I think by and large the referee probably did get most of it right, I was just a bit disappointed that Jamie and Ben didn’t get more protection – but you can only book so many players.”
“I’m not going to have a go at the officials, it was very difficult, a very physical game and there were tackles flying in.”
“It was just one of those nights and it was difficult for the referee.”
Summing up the performance of his men he admitted they weren’t at their best, but intimated that the game ended with the right result.
“Tonight we certainly never played well but still scored three goals,” he said.
“I thought in the first half they made it difficult for us and they won the battle.”
“They levelled the game by being physical and thankfully we hung in there and quality shone through.”
“I’m delighted with the win, we went with three up front at the end to try and get that winning goal and thankfully it came for us, albeit from a free-kick.”
Along with the usual derby game tension, McIntosh felt the Look Local Stadium pitch and Steels’ style of football helped turn the game into a battle.
“I think the pitch is quite narrow and the surface wasn’t that great for passing on, one of the things we do well.”
“One of the good things about Stocksbridge is that they’ve got a big, tall side and they’re a threat at set-pieces, from which they caused us problems and that made it physical.”
Tigers lost right-back Scott Wharton to injury after just half an hour, but a new signing was in the right place at the right time to make his Worksop Town debut.
Max Wragg, son of former Tigers star Tim, came off the bench to take Wharton’s place.
The manager said: “I know Max from when he was at Sheffield Wednesday and he comes very highly recommended to me, and I thought he did a good job when he came in.”
“Scott got a knock on his ankle and we’ll take a look at that.”
“He’s been doing ever so well for us, but thankfully we had Max on the bench who could come on and slot in at right-back for us.”