Fleetwood Town have been happy travellers this season and no-one more so than keeper Scott Davies.
The Town no.1 has kept clean sheets in both Town’s away games in League Two this season, at Plymouth and Hartlepool.
And he feels Saturday’s shut-out in the North East was a reward for Fleetwood’s brave defending.
Jeff Hughes’ early goal proved sufficent for victory as Davies and his defenders survived plenty of pressure from the home side.
The 26-year-old said: “We’re delighted and I thought the back four were tremendous, especially considering that Nathan Pond came in at short notice because of Ryan Cresswell’s injury.”
Making his first start of the season, club stalwart Pond slotted in seamlessly and made a crucial goal-line clearance.
Davies said: “We’ve said before that it’s a squad game and Pondy coming into the side proves that.
“He came into the team and slotted straight into the back four, and as a unit we were outstanding defensively.
“You’ve got to expect a lot of pressure on your defence in most games in this league, and you’ve got to be able to be professional and fight.
“You also need to have the desire not to concede goals.”
It was the perfect response for Davies after shipping three goals in Town’s previous outing at home to Burton Albion, their only League defeat to date.
“We knew we had to get some sort of result after last week. The gaffer asked for a response and I think the boys gave him that,” he added.
“What better way than to go to a difficult place like Hartlepool and get the three points and a clean sheet?”
It was a busy afternoon for the keeper as he closes in on 100 appearances for the club.
His outstanding save of the day was a full-stretch stop from Steve Howard’s header, but Davies maintains he’s just doing his job.
“Obviously that’s what I’m there to do,” he added. “It’s always nice to make a good save and contribute to a successful three points. That’s exactly what it’s all about.
“Every one of us needs to contribute on a Saturday and we did that against Hartlepool.”
But the keeper singled out two team-mates for special mention: “Both Pondy and Stewart Murdoch deserved the chance and when they got it they were both brilliant.
“They’ve came in and shown why they think they should be in the team themselves.
“They’ve done themselves no harm. I thought Stewart bossed it in the midfield and Pondy likewise at the back. That’s all part of having a competitive squad.
“We all know we have to play well to stay in the team. That’s the kind of environment the gaffer is trying to build at the club.”