Notts County forward Jon Stead praised his team-mates' willingness to do the 'ugly side of the game' at Cheltenham this afternoon.
Stead scored twice in a 3-2 victory against an imposing, direct Cheltenham side at the LCI Rail Stadium.
And the forward was delighted with the manner in which the team secured their third consecutive league win.
He said: "I was happy with the goals and happy to get the points because we were so disappointed to have only picked up a point from two home games. We needed to put a performance in and we managed to do that.
"Credit to their lads - they make it difficult. They put balls in the box and they've got some big lads - they're a handful. But we stood up to that and did the ugly side of the game.
"Today was the first time we'd gone a goal up at the start of the game so it was a different feeling for us. I think when they scored we did what we've done quite well throughout the season so far in bouncing back and putting them on the back foot as quickly as possible."
Notts took the lead after only four minutes, Jonathan Forte finishing well.
And Stead believes the way the team prepared for the match was evident in their performance.
He said: "We haven't been starting particularly well in the first 10-15 minutes of games. It's something we'd spoken about all week.
"Everything we did in training has been high-tempo to really get us on the front foot and make sure we get in people's faces, because we knew it would be a difficult test for us today.
"For that to pay off was a big bonus."
to read the thoughts of John Sheridan, and here for the match report.