Neil Aspin said FC Halifax Town’s first league victory on the road this season was a ‘massive win’ after they beat Dartford 2-1.
The Shaymen finally recorded their first win on their travels in the Skrill Premier at the 11th time of asking thanks to second-half goals by Joe Ironside and Josh Wilson.
The Shay boss admitted his side went into the game under a bit of pressure after suffering three consecutive league defeats but was delighted with his side’s reaction after their 4-3 home defeat to Woking last Saturday.
He said: “It’s a really big win. you can play down the importance but it’s a massive win.
“When you’ve just lost three games in this league, it is difficult to get results and this was an important win.
“I’m really delighted because it’s not just our first away win but coming on the back of three league defeats in a row, we were under pressure for the first time this season to pick up three points.
“We needed to get that away win because everybody reminds you about it all the time.
“But the players deserved the win - they created the better chances in the game.
“Defensively we were sound, which was obviously a criticism of last week’s performance, and we thoroughly deserved it.
“The players worked tremendously hard and I’m really pleased and very proud of the players.
“Their attitude this week has been excellent coming off the back of last Saturday’s disappointment.”
Ironside’s goal capped off an impressive display from the Sheffield United loanee, who could have had a hat-trick on the day.
But the striker converted his most difficult chance of the afternoon with a low drive across goal from Lois Maynard’s cross.
Aspin said: “I thought he did really well today, he worked hard. I considered bringing him off a bit earlier because he worked hard but it was a fantastic goal.
“He’s a great lad, he wants to do well, his attitude is good and it’s a shame the home supporters probably haven’t seen him at his best.
“Certainly in the Hereford game and today he’s done really well.”