Assistant manager Chris Lucketti insisted one goal was enough as Fleetwood Town extended their unbeaten run at Highbury to nine months.
Town made it three wins from three on home turf and Lucketti made it clear Fleetwood have no intentions of letting their Highbury record slip.
He said: “We’re delighted with the result. We’re strong at home and it’s a record we’re doing our best to hang on to .
“We want to be a force at home and right now we’re keeping that up.”
Twenty-one-year-old Hitchock only arrived from MK Dons on Friday, training with Fleetwood briefly before being thrown in for his full debut.
His signing must have heralded a major sigh of relief from the Fleetwood management team who, on Thursday afternoon, had just one forward at their disposal.
Liam McAlinden was recalled to Wolves and started in their 0-0 draw with Birmingham City. David Ball still hasn’t recovered from a flesh wound sustained at Milton Keynes while Jamie Proctor was suspended.
It proved a whirlwind 24 hours for the former QPR striker.
“Tom only trained with us on Friday for an hour,” explained Lucketti.
“We know all about him, he’s a fantastic finisher but we saw in training what he can do. He’s been given the chance,a difficult one, but he’s taken it.
“It’s a great way to introduce himself to High bury. It’s taken a lot of skill and he’s done it so well.”
And he insisted there was nothing wrong with grinding out a 1-0 win.
“Sometimes 1-0 is enough to get the points and that’s been the case,” said Lucketti.
“We’ve done the job, got the goal. Sometimes it’s enough to get three points and today that was the case.
“They came back at us but we were always comfortable. We’ve played better and got nothing.”