Ronnie Moore returned to Hartlepool United on a triumphant note - but admitted his side needed to grind it out again.
Pools beat a slick Newport County 1-0 thanks to a stunning winner from Scott Fenwick in the 51st minute.
We’ve got to stop doing the silly things because better sides might just punish youRONNIE MOORE
But it was not a great Pools display with Moore acknowledging they had to “dig deep” to hold on for their third league win on the spin.
The result though was all-important and very welcome to Moore, who only returned to England ahead of the game after being in Spain with daughter, Charlotte, who was taken ill on a family holiday in Spain.
“Conditions weren’t brilliant, we weren’t brilliant but you have to give Newport credit.They had a lot of young kids, but they gave it a go.
“I was impressed by them and how they passed it about.
“We dug deep and probably had the best chances, We got a goal with proabably our first shot and we had chances to put the game to bed after that.
“We didn’t and it’s so important you keep it right at the back.
“Three out of four clean sheets shows how well the lads have taken in what we want them to do.
“We could have lost this one in the past and there’s beem a couple of games like thios one already,
“But it’s all about character and a little bit of luck, which we had.
“I am a believer you earn that luck with effort and commitment you put in.There was loads of that.”
Moore was disappointed Pools were “too sloppy” and fears better sides will “punish” that.
“We can move the ball better and pass it better, “ he said. “We needed to put them on the back foot.
“But I feel we played at a tempo they were comfortable at. If we’d increased the tempo, I feel we could have won by three or four.
“But we were too casual and sloppy, we gave too much ball away, because we probably think we are better than we are.
“We’ve got to stop doing the silly things because better sides might just punish you.”