MANAGER Carl Heeley admitted he “had a pop” at Daniel Nti before the Worcester City striker scored the two penalties for victory against North Ferriby United.
Nti missed two one-on-one chances with visiting keeper Adam Nicklin in the first-half and Heeley took him to task at the interval.
The Blue and Whites boss said: “I had a little pop at him at half-time because I felt that at this level you can’t miss chances consistently and he’d done that.
“But he stuck the penalties in the net and hopefully that’ll get him off and running now.
“There’s always going to be criticism in the game, it’s how you respond to it and he responded magnificently.”
Heeley felt North Ferriby out-muscled City early on but praised the effort of his players for how they coped.
He said: “I was really disappointed with us for the first 20 minutes of the game because we allowed North Ferriby to boss us a little bit.
“We didn’t really cope with it and were deservedly behind. It’s a competitive league and teams can mix it, we knew that.
“North Ferriby are very good at what they do but we can look after ourselves and we’ve got some physical players.
“We allowed them to boss us in the first half-an-hour but after that we turned the tables and they were struggling to cope with us.
“There was a massive transformation in the second-half.
“We put Tristan Dunkley on to inject a bit of pace and life into us. He gave us a big spark and we’ve gone on to deservedly win the game.
“They took their defender off because he couldn’t cope with him and then he destroyed the other one as well.
“He was the catalyst for the victory but we showed super character and deservedly won the game.”