Westley hails Bostwick display in Boro rearguard action
Graham Westley hailed the performance of Michael Bostwick after the youngster s man-of-the-match display helped Boro see off Ebbsfleet United this afternoon and secure a place the FA Trophy final. While Peter Vincenti s injury time winner will grab most
Graham Westley hailed the performance of Michael Bostwick after the youngster's man-of-the-match display helped Boro see off Ebbsfleet United this afternoon and secure a place the FA Trophy final.
While Peter Vincenti's injury time winner will grab most of the headlines as Boro secured a 4-2 aggregate win, it was the performance of Bostwick that caught the eye.
The 20-year-old was simply immense alongside Mark Roberts at the heart of the back four and Westley was quick to pay tribute to his contribution.
"Bozzie (Bostwick) was my man-of-the-match over the two games. He has been the stand out player for us. For 20 years of age, he has got everything," Westley told The Comet.
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"He is a massive player for us and he has put in two huge performances. It was a really dominant display and he has shown maturity beyond his years. He is a brilliant young man."
Westley admitted the 1-0 win was not Boro's most fluid performance of the season but the 40-year-old was delighted with how his squad handled what was a massive occasion for both sides.
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"We've shown we've got the character to go and do a job," he added. "We weren't brilliant. The pitch was difficult but we kept a clean sheet and managed to nick a winner at the end.
"It's an important win on two fronts. It has got us through to Wembley but it also shows us that we can handle the big occasion.