Centre-half Ryan Tafazolli was full of praise for Mansfield boss Adam Murray as well as his team-mates after the 2-1 victory at York City on Saturday.
Tafazolli produced a commanding display at the back as York’s frontline were left frustrated at Bootham Crescent, Matt Green’s double enough to earn Stags all three points.
And Tafazolli was delighted with the way the team responded to going behind early on to what was ultimately York’s only shot on target in the whole game when Reece Thompson scored from close range six minutes in.
He said: “It was a great all round performance.
“Even though we conceded early in the game we stuck to the game plan and then dictated play for the rest of the first-half.
“Greeny gets a lot of credit as he works so hard every day and we have been saying that once he got his first goal the rest would come quickly, which showed today.
“His first needed a bit of good fortune but with the second he really showed his class with a good finish after working hard to get the ball.”
On his partnership at the back with Krystian Pearce, he added: “ It’s good to play with Pearcey as I know if I miss anything he’ll be there to sweep up because he’s got very good pace.
“We understand each other very well.”
Saturday’s win was built on hard work as well as Green’s quality in front of goal, with Tafazolli keen to emphasise the role played by the more defensive members of the team in particular.
He added: “A lot of credit has to go to Adam Chapman, Chris Clements and Mitch Rose in front of us.
“Sometimes their work goes unseen but they protect us really well.
“Lee Collins helped us out too and it’s good to have him back from injury and give us more options at the back.
“These players Adam Murray has brought in are very good and I think he deserves lot of credit because in the first-half we were stringing together 15 or 20 passes in some passages of play.
“Obviously when we went 2-1 up they were always going to put pressure on us but we showed our resilience and ground out a victory.
“We’re a tight-knit squad and it showed massively towards the end of the game. We all demand a lot from each other and everyone came up with the goods to help us get the win.
“We have great togetherness and team spirit which will be a massive asset for us this year.”