Grant McCann admitted Hull City had to dig deep to beat newly-promoted Crewe Alexandra.
Mallik Wilks’ 81st-minute header earned the Tigers a 1-0 victory at the KCOM Stadium, making it back-to-back league wins and clean sheets.
“It was a bit scrappy,” said McCann. “We probably weren’t as good as we have been in the last couple of games but we dug deep to get the goal.
“It’s three wins in a week, with two clean sheets in the first two league games and we should had another one at Leeds.
“We were playing against a very good team and I have to give credit to Crewe. They’re used to winning and they play a certain style that’ll cause people a lot of problems.
“But we stuck to our task defensively. Yes, we can be better going forward but we still created some half decent chances in the first half where we could have been more clinical. But we dug deep in the second half to get the job done which was pleasing.”
A 64th-minute tactical tweak made all the difference, as McCann brought on Thomas Mayer from the bench and moved Wilks through the middle.
“I just felt we needed something different,” the boss added. “We’ve got different players in the frontline of the pitch and they can all add something different.
“It was a great ball from Thomas on his home debut, coming inside, a tremendous ball in and good movement from Mallik to finish in between the two centre-backs.”