Worksop Town deserved victory even before Shaw Lane were reduced to nine men, said boss Mark Shaw.
The Tigers manager believes the Barnsley side are no longer in the driving seat for the NCEL Premier after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the world’s fourth oldest club.
“We deserved the win before the red cards were dished out,” he said.
“We’ve played very well, I can’t praise my players enough, they’ve stood up to the challenge and shown what they can do.”
“This will hurt Shaw Lane, I don’t care if they have six games in hand – they looked tired towards the end and the sendings off will hurt them.”
“I don’t think they’re in the driving seat, they have too many games to play and they look jaded.”
Shaw gathered his entire squad and staff, including the walking wounded, after the match to issue a rallying cry.
“We’ve got to keep going now.”
“We’ve dealt our closest rivals a massive blow.”
“The players have been terrific, Jake Scott was superb, Tom Elliott was probably unseen but superb, Andy Ofosu was unplayable.”
“I didn’t expect us to be such a dominant force – I was worried before the game and I had no need to be.”
In recent times Shaw has complained about a lack of protection for his youngsters, but he had kind words for the referee who sent off James Cotterill and Joe Thornton.
“Their game plan was to come and kick us a bit, but teams who come and kick us don’t get anything.”
“We had a very good referee today, he controlled it.”
“They’ve hurt themselves more than they’ve hurt us.”
“They didn’t have a lot of the ball, I don’t think they had a shot on goal.”
He highlighted the contributions of several players as key, including Sam Liversidge playing right-back, and his two centre-halves.
Shaw added: “Scotty was superb, Tom Elliott probably went unseen but he was superb.”
“Andy Ofosu was unplayable.”