Walsall boss Darrell Clarke praised his team’s endeavour and attitude after their hard-earned victory over Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.
Second half goals from Josh Gordon and Wes McDonald gave the Saddlers a two-goal cushion before Josh March pulled one back for Rovers.
McDonald made a positive impact coming off the bench which impressed Clarke who was pleased with how his team responded to a poor run of form.
“We needed a response after a disappointing week,” said Clarke.
“I thought the attitude and endeavour about the boys was very good.
“Tactically, at times, the boys got it absolutely spot on.
“It’s a good response so we’re really pleased to come away with the three points.
“We came here and knew we had to be very good without the ball.
“Forest Green are a very good possession-based side.
“We thought we’d go with a narrow midfield four and Wes took them on and produced the goods in the last 30.
“Wes is fantastic and understands there’s certain games that he’ll start and certain games I need him to be as effective as he is when he comes on.
“We’re really pleased with the team effort, desire and commitment - and nice to see it out at the end.
“It was about responding after a negative week and we did that in the only manner acceptable, and that’s trying to win - and we did that.”
Walsall were backed by 995 fans at the New Lawn on Saturday and Clarke was delighted to reward their support.
“I thought the supporters were outstanding, really cheering the boys on,” Clarke commented
“They had every right to maybe be a little bit negative before the game but it was fantastic away support by the Walsall fans.
“It’s really pleasing and we thank them for that.”