Phil Brown was delighted to see the Shawbridge faithful rewarded with a long-awaited home win as the Blues paid back their patience in style.
The home fans had seen their side win only once in 2019 – back in March.
But Brown managed to mastermind a victory in his sixth Shawbridge attempt – following two draws earlier in the campaign – thanks to a superb 2-0 win over league leaders Workington AFC.
“I thought the lads were brilliant last night and outstanding to a man,” said the Blues’ boss, who took over in the summer.
“I was really pleased – obviously with the result – but the I thought the performance was excellent.
“It was chalk and cheese from previous home games.
“They had something to prove and they wanted to give the fans something.
“We spoke right at the start of the season about trying to give the fans a team to follow and a team to get behind.
“I don’t think we’ve really done that in the first few games we’ve played here but last night was as good as it gets in terms of a performance from a team at this stage of the season.”
The Blues moved up to seventh in the North-West Division after goals from Charlie Russell and Cole Lonsdale handed Workington just a second league defeat of the season.
Brown’s boys were potent in attack – with returning striker Ollie Wood making a big impact after signing earlier in the day – while the Blues’ boss was equally delighted to see a third clean sheet of the campaign.
“I think the foundation was laid in the defensive side of the game. We looked really solid,” Brown added.
“Not just the defence itself, the whole team – good organisation and got behind the ball and pressed at the right times.
“And when we forced an error or won the ball back, we attacked with purpose and looked dangerous and could have scored more than the two goals we did.
“Ollie just gave us a bit more of a focal point and the other lads played off him really well.
“We’re not a big ball team but he won his headers and his hold-up play was decent.
“He caused problems in the penalty area and had a great effort which came off the bar from another good move.
“It’s his first game but Olly has been training with us and I was really pleased how they gelled. He can be happy with his debut.”
The Blues are back in action at Shawbridge on Saturday when they face Sheffield FC in the extra preliminary round of the FA Trophy.