STAN TERNENT hailed another trademark goal by Andy Booth – but bemoaned Town’s inability to come to terms with Stockport County’s tactics.
Taking charge of a competitive match for the first time, Ternent saw his side draw 1-1 in Saturday’s League I opener at the Galpharm, then admitted: “Although we probably created the better chances, they were by miles the better team.
“That’s why I’m delighted we claimed a point, because we didn’t really deserve one.”
Ternent’s men took a 30th-minute lead when Booth headed his 143rd goal for the club, putting him just 11 behind Jimmy Glazzard’s second-highest Town tally ever.
“Boothy’s a terrific player and a great servant to this club,” said the manager, who handed the 34-year-old a new one-year deal on his first day at the helm.
“It was a fantastic header which showed all his quality, and hopefully it will be the first of many this season.”
Ternent paired Booth and Danny Cadamarteri, who because of a knee injury, last played competitive first-team football at Leeds in December.
That meant ex-Blackpool man Keigan Parker, who remained on the bench, was the only one of his close-season signings not to figure.
“I went for Andy and Danny because they’ve been the best in pre-season,” explained Ternent, who brought on Luke Beckett when Booth was forced off with an ankle knock after 74 minutes.
“Keigan had a groin injury last season, and while he’s fully over it, I still need to get him a little fitter. His time will come.”
On Saturday’s performance in general, Ternent said: “We had worked on countering their system, but for some reason, we couldn’t come to terms with it.
“Stockport produced an excellent performance, but we looked a bit leggy. We defended reasonably, but there’s huge room for improvement.”
BUSINESS AS USUAL Andy Booth rises above Stockport County centre-back Gareth Owen to head his first goal of the 2008-09 season and his 143rd in Town colours. It put his side one up, but Tommy Rowe levelled the League I opener.Pictures by Julian Hughes.(JH090808Atown-07)
HOW’S THAT? Andy Booth celebrates again.(JH090808Atown-08)