BOSS Tom Killick described Will Spetch's match-winning strike as "out of this world" as Poole sealed back-to-back wins for the first time since October with a 1-0 victory at Tiverton.

Makeshift striker Spetch popped up just after the half-hour mark to net the only goal of the game with a driving strike from the edge of the area to cap an impressive team display.

Killick told the Daily Echo: “It was a very good performance. I think you have to take into account the quality of the opposition – even though they weren’t at their best they’re a really good side.

“The level of performance was high, but when you throw the level of the opposition into the mix, it has to rank as one of our strongest performances of the season to date.”

Usually deployed as a centre-back, Spetch isn’t entirely unfamiliar with a role up-top during his two stints at the club.

“If we’re going to have Will up top, we have to play slightly differently to make the most of his attributes," said Killick.

“He is such a good footballer that if you look at his performance today, in that pressing forward style – and obviously there aren’t many strikers like that around any more – there is no one better in the league.

“In my view, there is no one better in that role than him. That is testament to him, because his normal position is centre-half. Because of his qualities, he can go up there and be hugely effective.

“His goal was out of this world.”

Chances for Marvin Brooks and Luke Pardoe when one-on-one with Tiverton keeper Rhys Lovett could have written the game off prior to half-time, but Poole were made to wait for confirmation of the three points.

Luke Cairney was also called into a key late save before the keeper had his defence to thank for a last-ditch clearance.

“You’re always nervous in situations like that, even if you haven’t missed a few chances,” said Killick.

“You’re 1-0 up away from home, with five minutes to go, they’re always going to exert pressure and commit men forward.

“What you need to do then is to take your chances on the break. We couldn’t quite execute that on the counter, meaning we couldn’t put the game to bed.

"That almost came to pass, but a good save from Luke Cairney and a goal-line clearance saw us over the line.

“I thought we defended exceptionally, and not just the defence – but everyone in front of them."

Dolphins: Cairney, Dickson, Whisken, Leslie-Smith, Jackson, Brooks, Carmichael, Moore, Pardoe, Holmes, Spetch.