Micky Mellon said his Tranmere Rovers team showed grit and determination to get the 1-0 victory over Braintree Town at Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon.
It was an afternoon where Rovers missed some good chances but the manager was happy that they did what was needed to get over the line.
He told Tranmere Player HD: “If you miss so many clear-cut chances, and they were clear-cut, and with the quality of the players who they fell to, you would think they were nailed on to score.
“When that happens and you miss a penalty and with the stakes as high as they are, it’s going to be about digging in and winning games and that’s what we’ve done today.
“I thought the crowd were magnificent, the fans were right behind us and roared us on and we got a fantastic three points.”
One of the players to miss a good chance was Andy Cook who made up for it with the winning goal on 54 minutes.
The manager gave praise to the 21-goal striker, “Cookie had missed an easier one in the first half and then scores with the harder one in the second half. It’s crazy, isn’t it?
“We can’t fault him for the amount of goals he has scored for us this season and he worked hard for us up front today.”