Neil Aspin hailed FC Halifax Town’s 1-0 win at Grimsby as a “massive three points” as they moved up to third in the Skrill Premier.
Town completed a hat-trick of outstanding away results after victories at Nuneaton and Barnet as they edged ahead of Grimsby thanks to Lois Maynard’s seventh goal of the season.
The Shaymen produced a magnificent defensive display to stop Grimsby from scoring at home in the league for only the third time this season and take their points tally to 28 from the last 33 available.
Aspin said: “It’s another fantastic result. It wasn’t a performance like the Barnet game but in terms of importance and getting the points it was a massive three points.
“Credit to the players who’ve had to work exceptionally hard and they’ve put in another great defensive performance.
“It doesn’t just happen - to keep clean sheets you need the full team working hard and they’ve all put in a shift.
“I thought we obviously gave them one clear-cut chance in the first-half but apart from that I can’t really think of a chance they created.
“It wasn’t a classic by any means but we knew if we could keep it tight, we always feel we can get a goal, the players have got that belief.
“Defensively we were solid, we headed balls in the box when we needed to, we made good interceptions, we always got men round on the cover.
“You need your goalkeeper playing as he does, although he wasn’t tested in terms of shots his catching was excellent again.”
Maynard notched his second in as many games with a delightful curling shot from 20 yards to clinch the win.
Aspin said: “It was a fabulous goal. I’ve spoken about Lois in the past and how well he’s done but now he’s chipping in with goals as well, which is a bonus.
“What a player he’s been this season and he can only get better.”
The Town boss said his side showed tremendous character to record the win after a long trip to Barnet on Saturday.
He added: “I want them to play with a high-intensity, we want to push on and press but you’re not talking about full-time training and full-time preparation.
“You’re talking about a journey back from Barnet, players going to work on a Monday or Tuesday, the journey to Grimsby.
“Physically you’re not always going to be the same but then you’re relying on character, dessire, attitude - all those things to stay in the game when maybe you’re not playing as well.
“That’s why I feel you can only give all the credit to the players. The supporters turned out in good numbers tonight and they’ve seen a team that are not at their fluent best but have got a desire to do well for the club and they’re a team for them to be proud of.”