Grimsby Town boss Michael Jolley says it took a team effort for his side to make it four games unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two as they beat Colchester United 1-0.
The Mariners recorded their fourth straight clean sheet in the league as Wes Thomas’ 65th-minute strike was the difference between the two sides at Blundell Park.
And boss Jolley praised his full squad for their efforts to improve their form – as they remain unbeaten in the league in October.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “We’re really pleased. All the credit has to go to the players because it’s not that long ago that they were getting heavily criticised, and we were on a difficult run.
“But they’ve bounced out of that by putting together quite a strong run themselves.
“And tonight was a big win for us against one of the stronger teams in the division – I think Colchester are a good team, but I think we matched them overall and I think in the end we deserved to win.
“Everybody has contributed to a good team performance – we started the game on the front foot, and we had some chances to get the first goal.
“Colchester came back into it somewhat, but then we got our noses in front in the second half, and I thought we saw the game out in a really professional and disciplined way.
“We want to get on the front foot and try get as high up the pitch as we can, and win the ball as early as we can, but sometimes that’s not possible.
“It was a squad effort – the focus will understandably be on all the lads who started, but everybody is training hard, working hard, and pushing the ones who are starting.”
And Jolley hailed the importance of his side’s four consecutive clean sheets in the league – having not conceded since the end of September.
He said: “It feels like a positive step forward and that’s all credit to the goalkeeper and the defenders, and all the players ahead of them who are working hard to press, keep a good shape, and be well-organised.
“It’s very much a team effort, and when our opponents do get past us, then James McKeown has been in really good form – certainly in the last two games when he’s made important saves.”