Neil Aspin said his FC Halifax Town team deserved a lot of credit for the 5-1 win over Hyde to register their second away league win of the season.
Lee Gregory’s third hat-trick of the campaign helped Town easy to victory, with Ryan Crowther and Paul Marshall also on the scoresheet.
Aspin said his game plan worked perfectly against the rock-bottom Lions, who the Town boss was wary of before the game despite their dreadful record this season.
He said: “I don’t expect the players will get much credit for winning this but I certainly give them a lot of credit.
“I watched Hyde a couple of weeks ago at home to Aldershot and although they’ve had a difficult season they still played with a lot of spirit, they were still good in possession and by all accounts, the game last week against Braintree, they did well.
“So I didn’t underestimate them in any way today but we wanted to be on the front foot from the start and, to be fair to the players, I felt they did that.
“They played with three centre-backs when I watched them so I felt we could push three forwards up against the three at the back to stop them playing.
“We could then use our spare man in midfield and he could push onto their wing-back when he needed to and it worked pretty well.
“I was happy with the way we set up and it was a good result.
“We know on our travels a lot of the time we haven’t performed as we have done at home but it’s not through lack of preparation, effort or any change of formation.
“No matter what people think we’ve set up the same way away as we have at home.
“But to get five (goals) today is a great achievement so I’m not taking any negatives from the game.”
Aspin picked out Marshall for special praise after the midfielder notched his second goal of the season with a delightful curling effort after the interval.
The Town boss was delighted with the former Stockport man’s all-round contribution to the win.
He said: “I thought he was excellent, his work-rate was tremendous, his passing was good, scored a great goal.
“I must give him credit because he’s been a player that I’ve left out on occasions when the team hasn’t performed.
“But his application and his efforts have been tremendous over the last few weeks.
Gregory took his tally to 25 goals in 28 games for the campaign, leading Aspin to label his captain as the Skrill Premier’s most clinical striker.
He added: “He never goes a run of games without getting any goals but he had had a couple of games.
“But he’s back on the scoresheet and once he gets that first goal his confidence is up and he hit the target on a lot of occasions.
“His last two goals were really good finishes.
“From chances to conversions, Greggs is probably the most clinical (in the league).
“He’s done exceptionally well to get the number of goals he’s got.”