Box Hill United manager Brian Vanega praised his players following a dominant 2-0 victory over Murray United, which officially sealed their place in NPL2 for next season.
Todd Dekker’s wonder strike and Denis Ilescu’s bullet header scripted this season-defining victory at Wembley Park.
Vanega was particularly impressed by his side’s mindset, which saw them return to winning ways after three straight losses. He said: “I am delighted in the performance from the boys. It’s what we know they are capable of. That is why we were pushing them to deliver this more consistently, because when they do deliver, match the opposition’s work rate or go beyond it, then they are capable of playing very good football. The energy was there from the start of the game. We were at them, we were winning the second balls and working harder and pressurising them – essentially winning the battle of the game. It was noticeable because the boys came in with a real buzz about themselves – confident and knowing that they were outplaying the other team.”
Vanega added: “They (Murray Utd) are good in the air, but our centre-backs matched them, won that battle, and we nullified that part of their game. Once we had control of the game, we didn’t let them back in. It’s a massive credit to the players to be able to turn that around and deliver for the club. Most importantly, the pleasing thing is that we have taken control of our destiny. We’ve gone and won this match and made relegation not a possibility.”