Neil Aspin was pleased with the response from his FC Halifax Town side as they won 2-0 at Altrincham.
Town went in to the game on the back of a 5-3 defeat to Bradford Park Avenue, but produced an impressive second-half performance to seal their third win of pre-season.
After Altrincham shaded the opening half, goals from Josh Wilson and Lee Gregory edged Town ahead and the Shaymen boss says he saw the right attitude from his players.
He said: “It’s very difficult when pitches are so dry and it’s very hard to get a quick tempo but I felt we looked more of a threat in the second-half and we had a few more chances.
“We finished as the stronger team in the last 30 minutes, so that’s pleasing, and it puts us in a good frame of mind going into the next two friendlies.”
“The results aren’t important in pre-season but attitude certainly is and I would expect that after the first-half at Bradford the attitude of anyone who played in that game would have to be a lot better.
“In that respect, I’m pleased with the response but it’s the minimum you can expect and I certainly won’t tolerate the first-half we got in that game, even in a pre-season friendly, which is why I made a few changes.
“That’s what will happen during the season. We’re going to find it tough in this league but the minimum is that the players work hard.
“Sometimes you’ll be up against a better team and you have to hold your hands up but there’s no excuse for not giving 100 per cent.”
Defender Lois Maynard made his debut for Town after coming on as a substitute at half-time and Aspin said he’s not expecting many more to follow him into the club, despite fielding two trialists at centre-back.
He added: “There was room after letting a couple of players go to bring someone in but as the season goes on we might find that if somebody leaves, then somebody will come in to replace them.
“But it won’t be a case of signing a load more players - for one I wouldn’t want to carry a squad of players who are not match fit because they’re not playing and financially, you just can’t do that.
“But if players are not performing, then I have to try and move them on and get players who can.”