BARRY Hayles believes that Windsor stood up as men and produced a gutsy display to beat Erith Town 2-1 in the FA Vase on Sunday.

Hayles, 45, provided the assists for Nadir Shafi and Jack Denton to score in the second round tie, and he admits it is a thrill to see the young stars continue to learn with each game.

The ex-professional striker told the Observer: “We’re still a young team but to win is fantastic.

“I would like to give the boys credit because when Erith scored their goal we could have crumbled being the away side, but the younger players stood up as men, weathered the storm and won the game.

“We had to chop and change a few players but it shows you need a good depth to the squad, and the players that came in acquitted themselves well in the team.

“We’ve got a lot of games ahead of us but we will just keep ticking each one off and it was a very gusty away performance on Sunday.”

Hayles continued: “Erith had a lot of balls in our box but I thought we weathered the storm and defended really well.

“We had a lot of ball in the final third and were told to get it into the box. I was a bit frustrated in the first half because we had chance to do that and ask them a few questions, but we didn’t.

“That was our gameplan for the second half, to get further up the pitch. That is what we did and evidently that’s where the winner came from.

“Nadir and Jack both showed a lot of energy and good work rate, and they know where to be in the danger areas. That’s something we tend to work on in training.”

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