Graham Alexander was pleased with his side's defensive control as they beat Derby County 1-0 to progress into the next round of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy.
The City boss beamed how their "defending was superb" in the latter stages of last night's clash, as they successfully protected their advantage to advance.
“The defending was superb,” he said.
“We had some unbelievable chances in the first half.
“In the second half, we maybe did not create as much as in the first, but we got the goal.
“We knew we were coming to play a quality team and they made some quality substitutions at half-time.
“The players trusted each other, they felt connected and we did not take a step back.
“We wanted to turn the ball over as high as we could and create from there.
“Every player did their job, and more.”
After making seven changes from Saturday's defeat to Crawley Town, Alexander was delighted with the application of players who had found game time hard to come by in recent weeks and months.
“There are a few lads in there who have not played much recently,” he added.
“We thought it would be good if we got an hour out of some, but we almost did not want to make any changes. The players were superb.
“We want to train in a certain way that prepares everyone to play.
“We speak to the players who have not been playing and tell them we want to train them hard so they are always ready to play, and they can put in a performance like they did tonight.
“We want to create a competitive squad.”
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