Confidence in the camp is flying high following Saturday’s crucial away win over Hayes & Yeading, according to Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan.
The Tudors fought back from going a goal behind early on to win the game 4-2 – and could have triumphed by an even greater margin after bossing proceedings throughout.
“I’m delighted with the points and I think that the boys put in a fantastic shift,” said Brennan. “We played some really good stuff at times.
“We started the game quite brightly in terms of performance and created a couple of chances, but they hit us with a sucker-punch really.
“We showed very good character to get back in front by half-time and go on to win the game, so we are delighted with the victory.
“We dominated the game, dominated possession and created a lot of chances which was good. Getting four goals on the road is always a very positive thing.”
Once again Brennan was full of praise for young midfielder Luke Allen, who has impressed on both appearances since returning to the club from a loan spell.
“Allen was fantastic again, he had great energy and was involved in a couple of the goals,” said the Tudors boss. “We know his attributes but it’s just about consistency for young players and how consistent he can be.
“In the last couple of games he’s been excellent for us – he’s been the key player.”
Brennan was also pleased with the performances of his front-men, who came up with the goods when it mattered.
I’m delighted with the points and I think that the boys put in a fantastic shift.Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan
He said: “I was delighted for Hawkins to get two tap-ins because that’s something all centre-forwards need to do more of.
“He could have had a hat-trick and I was delighted to see him get a brace – I was very happy with him.
“I also thought Dennis (Oli) did a very good job on the left hand side, and Dom Hyam defended excellently for us once again.”
Looking ahead to Tuesday’s vital clash with Chelmsford City, Brennan added: “Ideally we want to keep more clean sheets and that’s something that we have to improve on if we are going to have success.
“We are going into the game with a lot of confidence but they are all tough games.”