Matt Parr praised ‘ruthless’ Fareham as a first-half blitz handed the Reds boss a 5-1 derby win at former club Hayling.
The contest was effectively wrapped up after just 25 minutes, with the visitors racing into a 4-0 lead.
And although Hayling grabbed a goal back, Fareham struck again after the break to keep up their fine form in the Wessex premier division.
A delighted Parr said: ‘On a night like this, it was all about attitude and the lads were spot-on.
‘We were ruthless in the first half hour and killed the game off.’
Fareham rocked the home side back on their heels with three goals in the first 11 minutes.
From the kick-off, Dougie Rowe weaved his way through the Humbugs defence and squared the ball to Bryn McKie, who made no mistake from 12 yards.
Within three minutes, the Reds extended their lead when Wayne Boud’s free-kick from the left crept in at the far corner.
Hayling were looking a shambles at the back and, soon afterwards, Rowe latched on to a poor pass and fired across Luke Hutchings into the bottom far corner of the goal.
Lee Tigwell twice had shots beaten out by Fareham keeper Luke Douglas as the hosts looked for a response.
The game continued at a frenetic pace with the ball zipping off the wet surface in the falling rain.
On 25 minutes, Hayling’s misery increased as Rowe grabbed his second and Fareham’s fourth.
Hayling gave themselves a glimmer of hope on 34 minutes when Lenny Burney beat Douglas at his near post with a good, low shot on the turn.
With the elements behind them, Hayling made a more determined start to the second half.
Luke Dempsey had a shot blocked inside the area and Josh Case saw his low free-kick deflected narrowly past the far post.
It was Fareham now coming under the cosh, Hayling forcing three corners in quick succession. The Reds, however, regained their composure. And in a goalmouth scramble, the ball bounced back off the Hayling crossbar.
Then at the other end, the Humbugs’ Alex Easton cracked a shot against the woodwork.
Both teams work hard in the atrocious conditions. But in the closing stages, the visitors regained control.
And in the final minute, Boud was sent clear and tucked his shot underneath Hutchings to complete Hayling’s miserable night.
HAYLING: Hutchings, Dempsey, Gadd, Baker, Robinson, Murphy, Case, Kinchen, Easton, Burney, Tigwell. Subs: Black, Smallbones, Kendall, Vince.
FAREHAM: Douglas, Shrimpton, Smith, Burt, Jones, Pitman, Boud, Hibberd, Lindsey, Rowe, McKie. Subs: Tattersall, Redman, Austin, Roden, Cuthbert.