Notts County matchwinner Lewis Alessandra says today’s victory at Port Vale was just reward for the Magpies’ efforts.
The substitute scored the crucial goal seconds after taking to the field but was quick to praise the performance of the whole team.
He said: “Victories like this mean a lot when you’ve had to really work for it, as you could see by the reaction from the lads at the end of the game.
“The big thing in this team is the togetherness. There are five or six captains which is really good for us, especially with the blend of youth in the team.
“The manager has built a team full of great lads. We’re a tight-knit group and we enjoy working for each other. The camaraderie in the group is fantastic and, with regards to strength in depth, this is the best League Two side I’ve played in.”
Alessendra did, however, take great satisfaction from his contribution.
“That’s what you want to do as a substitute - come on and make an impact and I was happy to do that within 30 seconds,” he said.
“I want everyone in this team to be doing well, but I’ve done my job today by coming off the bench and making an impact.
“It would have been nice to cap off a great day with a second goal but we’re more than happy with three points."