Neil McDonald hailed his Blackpool side after Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Crewe saw them leap out of the League One relegation zone.
The Seasiders are outside the bottom four for the first time since the opening week of the season, after goals from new boy Hayden White and a Jack Redshaw penalty extended their unbeaten run to six games.
And McDonald was understandably over the moon. “It was an excellent win,” said the manager.
“I thought defensively we were rock-solid, and although they had a lot of the ball they never got through us.
“In the second half we passed the ball better and created lots of chances.
“It was a game of two halves for us really. In the first half Crewe had lots of the ball without creating any real chances.
“We wanted to press at the right time. They pass it well, so we had to be patient and keep our focus.
“We kept our shape and stopped them from creating chances.
“As the second half started, we upped the tempo and it was a really pleasing. I think in the end we could have scored more than two goals.”
It took more than an hour for Pool to break the deadlock against the bottom club, right-back White firing home from 15 yards on his second appearance on loan from Bolton.
Redshaw sealed the win, scoring from the spot for the second game running after David Norris was fouled.
While McDonald acknowledged that White’s first Pool goal was helped by a deflection, he praised the 20-year-old.
“We got a little bit of luck for the first goal,” he said. “If you buy a ticket you sometimes win, and that’s what Hayden did. It took a deflection but it was definitely his goal. The second was an excellent move and a good finish by Jack from the spot.
“The goals came because we passed the ball better, moved it much quicker and created space for ourselves.We are working really hard for each other and it showed with another clean sheet.”
Redshaw and fellow striker Mark Cullen both saw goals ruled out by the offside flag in the first half but McDonald wasn’t complaining.
He added: “We got into very good positions and they were both tight, but we’ll abide by the linesman’s decisions.
“The good thing is we didn’t let that frustrate us. We came in at half-time and asked for a little bit more, and we got it.”