Andy Peaks felt AFC Rushden & Diamonds were “excellent” as they emphasised their credentials with a 1-0 victory over Aylesbury.
Tom Lorraine’s sixth-minute strike proved decisive in the top-of-the-table clash at the Dog & Duck as Diamonds maintained their unbeaten start to the new season to remain level on points with Chalfont St Peter at the summit.
The victory made it 30 games since Peaks’ team last tasted defeat in a competitive match.
And the manager felt his team produced some good football as well as showing their battling qualities with an impressive defensive display during the second period as they comfortably saw the game out.
“They (Aylesbury) are right up there so it was always going to be a tough game,” Peaks said.
“But I thought we were excellent from front to back.
“We played some good stuff in the first half and probably should have been more than one up and that is probably my biggest criticism of them, we weren’t clinical enough.
“But we dominated and I was pleased when the goal came but by half-time I felt we let them off the hook.
“You can’t always play total football and I thought we battled it out in the second half.
“We defended well from the front. Every team is always going to have a spell but we didn’t give them a clear chance and that was down to the work we did during the week.”
Peaks, meanwhile, felt Aylesbury were fortunate to keep 11 men on the pitch when frontman Terry Dixon brought down Claudiu Hoban having already been booked.
And the Diamonds boss also had words of praise for match-winner Lorraine.
“I thought the referee was quite lenient,” Peaks added.
“It’s not that I wanted to see anyone sent off but he could easily have been.
“They were quite robust and tried to stop us from playing because we were on top. But we have got to be used to that.
“Tom is one of those who did well last year and deserved his chance at this level and he has repaid that faith.
“He has been great from the start of the season, his work rate is excellent and he has got his goals as well. I am really pleased for him.”