Introduction of Jordan was key, says Sutton United boss Doswell
Sutton United boss Paul Doswell denied he played a masterstroke in bringing on match-winner Harry Beautyman in the final moments of the pulsating 4-3 win over Bromley on Tuesday night.
However, the manager said his masterstroke was sending on Tom Jordan with the sides locked at 3-3.
It was Jordan who won the knock-down in the Whites’ penalty area that would eventually land at Beautyman’s feet and end up in the back of the net, sparking last gasp celebrations.
The win was just the antidote Doswell needed after a poor 3-0 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday.
It lifted United to 10th in the Blue Square South and nine points off the play-offs with up to three games in hand.
Doswell said: “Harry has had a lot going on around him for the past couple of weeks with interest from clubs that has fallen through so, being mindful where his head was, we wanted to keep him fresh on the bench.
“He came on and had three great chances, he won the penalty that Sam [Rents] missed and then he popped up with the winner.
“But the real masterstroke was putting Tom on because he gave them a real problem. It was very much a case of getting it forward, hoist it in the box and see what happens and, thankfully, the knock-down came.”
On the negative side, Simon Downer picked up a 10th yellow card for the season, meaning he is suspended for two games from March 19.
Doswell said: “Simon is comfortably the quickest centre-half we’ve got and we need his pace the way we’re playing. We’ll need to have a rethink as to how we play while he’s out.
“When Jamie [Stuart] and Tom have played together we’ve looked dominant in the air, but you cannot make someone who is slow quick.”
United go to Hayes & Yeading this weekend, before the visit of Truro City on Tuesday night.