Charlie Palmer praises Belper Town players after fightback at Kidsgrove Athletic

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Belper Town boss Charlie Palmer praised his side’s resilience after they battled back from 2-0 down to rescue a point at Kidsgrove.

His side trailed 2-0 with 10 minutes to go before Belper levelled with a minute to go to extend their unbeaten run to four.

A proud Palmer said: “We had a couple of chances but we did not take them, then we were punished by two very sloppy goals.

“But I give my boys credit as they showed spirit and never gave up, I never give up as a manager and they have done well to get back into the game.”

“What saddens me is, with the group of players I have got, if we applied ourselves properly and had the right attitude we would not have been in that position, but at least they showed the character to get a result from 2-0 down.”

“We started the game well then we took our foot off of the pedal, some players who I am not going to name thought it was going to be easier than it was as the afternoon went on. I did not feel the attitude was right in the warm up and it showed, we made an uphill battle for ourselves.”

Top scorer Evan Garnett missed a penalty but later did get himself on the scoresheet.

After the game Palmer called on Garnett to develop his all-round game.

“Evan has got to add a bit more to his game when he is not scoring goals, what I mean is he has got to work the defenders a lot more, the ball has got to stick and he has to be a pain in the backside for defenders,” he said.

“Look at Jamie Vardy at Leicester, he never gives the defenders an inch. He (Evan) is a great goalscorer but there is another side to his game that he needs to work on.”