Jim Harvey praised his “excellent” FC Halifax Town side after they thrashed Tamworth 5-0 in the first round of the FA Trophy at The Shay.
Harvey is still unbeaten in temporary charge of the Shaymen after two goals from Kingsley James and one each from debutant Shaquille McDonald, Nicky Wroe and Connor Hughes set-up a second-round tie at home to Barrow.
Harvey said: “I thought we were excellent, it was a really good performance.
“I’ve said to them that they’re starting to look like a team.
“Although there were loads of really good individual performances, they were all doing the jobs they were supposed to do, which makes the team very efficient.
“They’ve ended up with five goals and a clean sheet, which is terrific.
“From where the boys have come from, what they were doing in the early part of the season to what they’re producing now is magnificent, really good.”
Harvey was pleased to see loanee McDonald mark his debut with a goal, his first in senior football, but said he was later taken off after picking up a knock.
“It was a terrific strike,” said Harvey, “but then he got caught up in a challenge and he’s hurt his calf, it tightened up on him, so I think he was playing with a bit of pain after that so we hat to take him off quite early.
“But he was good, I’m glad that he’s scored. Forwards love to score goals so it’ll keep him happy.”
Town also kept their first clean sheet, excluding the West Riding County Cup, for 35 games, since a 0-0 draw at Altrincham on March 21, something which Harvey feels is an important step in the team’s progress.
“Somebody told me it was 34 or 35 games without a clean sheet, which is hard to understand really,” Harvey said.
“It’s the monkey off the back hopefully for the boys now.
“They’ve had to battle really hard to get that clean sheet tonight.
“I know 5-0 sounds like it was one-way traffic but it was far from that.
“We had to do a lot of defending and a lot of hard work went into getting that clean sheet, which is great.
“It’s another hurdle that we’ve overcome and that’ll help again with the confidence in the team when we come to defend, we know we can dig in there and work collectively as a unit to stop the goals going in, so it’s encouraging.”