Neil Aspin sais his players were “fantastic” after they produced a scintillating performance to beat Grimsby 4-0 at the Shay.
Town registered their fifth win on the bounce at home thanks to a brace from Dan Gardner and first goals for the club by Marcus Carver and Adam Smith.
The Town boss was delighted with his team’s reaction after their heart-breaking last-gasp defeat at Forest Green only three days earlier, and said his side were good value for the win.
He said: “It was the perfect response from Saturday and it’s all credit to the players because they’ve had to deal with the disappointment, a long journey back and then back to work on Monday.
“They’ve come in tonight and put in a fantastic performance. When you come off the pitch on Saturday you think ‘is this going to affect us’?
“But I’m delighted with the performance. We started well, we were positive from the kick-off, passed the ball well, had a threat going forward and we defended well.
“It was a really good performance and they’ve got everything they deserved.
“It’s hard when you’re a part-time team to get any credit in this league but we played really well tonight and we deserved the win.”
Dan Gardner produced an outstanding performance at the heart of the Town side and could have capped the win with a hat-trick after a fine move, only for his shot to rebound off the post.
Aspin praised the midfielder after the game and identified his fitness as a key factor behind his impressive form after he notched his third goal in two games.
He said: “You can see he’s leaner so he’s getting fitter and when he’s on song we know he’s got ability.
“All the lads know how talented he is. He’s got to apply himself and work hard because the work-rate of the team is what’s getting us through the games.
“If he compliments his undoubted talent with his work-rate then we’ve got someone who can be a big player for us in this league.”
Aspin also praised winger Adam Smith’s display after he scored one and set-up two of Town’s four goals.
The Town chief added: “It was a great finish and I thought he was excellent all game, he was a real hand-full. It’s just disappointing he’s now booked and it’s another suspension for us.
“It’s remarkable really, he never tackles so for him to have five bookings in nnie games must be something of a record. He has to be more disciplined but I do feel for him because if you score your first goal at the end where your supporters are it’s harsh when you get booked for that.”