Micky Adams felt his Tranmere side’s fast start to their 3-1 win over Pompey was a key factor in their deserved victory.
The Blues were once again caught cold from the kick-off and found themselves a goal down inside two minutes as they were slow out of the blocks.
But the Tranmere boss was delighted with his side’s response after finding themselves on the receiving end of the opposition’s quick start last week.
He said: ‘It’s been a tough week for us all.
‘We’ve worked hard on the training ground and I think you’ve seen the fruits of our labour.
‘We’ve played well, I was really pleased with them.
‘Last week, we started the game sloppily and were 2-0 down before we got going.
‘I believe our lads had a good warm-up and they were ready for the game.
‘The cynics were having a field day with us and we had to prove them wrong.
‘The only way you can ever respond is with hard work and trying to put it right on a Saturday and we started really fast and well.’
Adams was also pleased with his team’s bravery as they withstood Pompey’s barrage in the wake of Jed Wallace’s equaliser.
Instead of crumbling, the strugglers stood firm and then restored their lead with James Rowe’s fine strike.
Adams said: ‘Pompey were having a spell then and they were on top of us.
‘We had to be brave on the ball again as they were throwing people forward to try and get back into the game.
‘We had that extra man in midfield and wanted to make that count and James Rowe came up with a screamer that was a fantastic finish.
‘Whilst I’ve been at the football club there have been people on the fringes of the team who deserve an opportunity because let’s face it we’ve not won too many games.
‘I thought we responded well.
‘We deserved the win.’
– STEVE WILSON