Keith Hill applauded the professional attitude shown by Tranmere Rovers as the Whites extended their winning run courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League Two.
James Vaughan scored his eighth goal of the campaign, heading home following a Liam Feeney cross in the 27th minute to earn all three points at Boundary Park.
Hill was full of praise for the performance put in by Rovers, who have now moved into the play-off places for the first time this season.
“They showed the side of what you need to be a successful team,” said the Tranmere boss. “I like the way Oldham play but I’m really pleased with the outcome and the way the players dug in again. It’s another clean sheet and I’m pleased that the players are questioning their standards at half-time and questioning each other. You can control a game without the ball, and I think we’ve seen that tonight. They’re [Oldham] a dangerous side and we just, tactically, got the better of them.
“We, as a squad, are dealing with having to change systems slightly to make sure it was strong against the opponent and what they offer. I’m just pleased with the response from the players and there are no hard luck stories tonight: we’ve won a game of football that we have controlled without the ball.
“We’re talking about free-scoring Oldham and we denied them those opportunities. We’ve been defensively solid and stuck to a good shape. Yes, we can be better, but I thought the structure of the team and the way we allowed the opponent to have the ball in deep areas of the pitch [was good]. If we just get it right on turnovers and become more clinical, I think we can become a very good possession-based side and a very good counter-attacking side.
“We’re still in the early stages of the season but, while we’re in good form, it’s important to remind the players that it is the right time to demand more.”
Both Morgan Ferrier and Corey Blackett-Taylor missed out on Tuesday evening’s contest, though Hill confirmed that the attacking pair remain in contention for this weekend’s home fixture involving Walsall.
He said: “Congratulations to Morgan and his family for a little baby boy. He has to make sure he looks after his family, that always comes first. We’re really pleased for him and his partner. He will resume training on Thursday and will hopefully be integrated into the side for Saturday.
“Corey has played a lot of games in a short space of time. He is very explosive and we’re just making sure that he’s going to be right for Saturday.”