Seb Hayes was full of praise for Holbeach United’s efforts as they moved into the top six with a fourth successive win.
The Tigers played the whole of the second half with 10 men to claim an impressive victory at Eynesbury Rovers on Saturday.
Spencer Tinkler and Charley Sanders put them in control but Stacy Cartwright was sent off for serious foul play.
The 10 men extended their advantage, though, thanks to Sanders’ penalty.
Tigers boss Hayes said: “We had to play for 50 minutes with 10 men against a side who had only lost twice at home so this victory was very pleasing and satisfactory.
“I thought the red card was very harsh. Both players went for the ball, Cartwright won it and made contact with him. It wasn’t a challenge which was two-footed or over the ball. The reaction of the player got him sent off.
Everyone was unbelievable on Saturday in terms of their work-rate, effort, spirit and togetherness. That was the best I’ve seen since taking charge.Seb Hayes
“But we went back to an approach and formation which had worked at Oakham United when we won with 10 men.
“We could have scored a couple of goals in the second half.
“Both goals before the break came from great delivery to the far post and we were clinical.
“They couldn’t get to grips with our size and power from set-pieces.
“Sanders is not fully fit yet so there is certainly more to come from him, even though he has got six goals in five games.
“He’s getting the rewards for the hard work of the players around him.
“Everyone was unbelievable on Saturday in terms of their work-rate, effort, spirit and togetherness. That was the best I’ve seen since taking charge.
“We’ve won seven out of nine so things are looking up.”
Holbeach recorded their fourth successive home win by beating Newport Pagnell Town 4-2 last Wednesday.
George Zuerner’s opener was cancelled out before the break.
Sanders restored the lead with a penalty then Tommy Treacher came off the bench to score twice, including a late spot-kick.
Newport Pagnell had made it 3-2 midway through the second half.
The Tigers will be back in action at Carter’s Park against Cogenhoe United on Saturday.