Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer praises players after Gresley FC win

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Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer paid tribute to his experienced players for stepping up their performances since his arrival.

The Nailers cruised to a 5-2 win over Gresley at the weekend as life after Jimmy Albans gathers pace.

The win left Palmer delighted at the effort put in by his new side.

“Jonathan Williams, Danny Haystead, Rob Stevenson all gave me big performances on Saturday, Phil Watt was colossal at centre-half,” he said.

“Stevo (Rob Stevenson) is a player that needs to be pulled to one side and needs an arm around him, his two goals were fantastic and he has taken on board what we worked on in the week in training and has taken it into his game on Saturday.”

“As I said last week, I know what I will get from Gravesy (Eric Graves) week in week out. Evan Garnett played well again up front, his touch is brilliant and if he keeps persevering and working hard I am sure he will go onto play at a higher level.”

Palmer was also impressed with the character of his players as they battled back from going behind.

He added: “The difference on Saturday versus Gresley compared to against Basford was how we reacted to going a goal down, I made it very clear to my players that even if we do go a goal down we have to roll our sleeves up and work hard and we showed great character to get back in the game.”

“We played some great football especially in the second half, although we conceded some sloppy goals again. As the manager I know where the flaws are and I know what I and Lee (Barlow) have got to work on.”