Scott Garner says he knew that Boston United could put Stockport County to the sword - by his teammates’ attitude before kick off.
The central defender - who netted his first goal for the Pilgrims during Saturday’s 4-1 victory at Edgeley Park - sensed the Pilgrims were ready for something special.
“You couldn’t ask for any more. In the warm-up the lads were fired up,” Garner said.
“We knew we were ready to go.”
Garner prodded Boston in front after nine minutes after capitalising on indecision in the Hatters’ defence.
“I couldn’t have dreamt that last night. It’s dropped down and I’ve poked it in, that gets us off to a good start,” Garner added.
Kristian Dennis pulled County level from the penalty spot, after Netan Sansara had handled Kyle Jacobs’ cross.
However, second-half strikes from Marc Newsham, Spencer Weir-Daley and Ricky Miller wrapped things up.
But Garner is a defender at heart, and the most pleasing aspect for him was how the defence handled themselves.
He continued: “They’ve had that chance (the penalty) and Ashley Timms has made a good save at the end. Apart from that, that’s about all they had.
“We’re happy with that.
“We still had to dig in at the end, and it’s good to see the lads concentrating right until the end.
“It’s paid off. We just want to keep working hard and getting as many results as possible.”
Manager Dennis Greene also had plenty of praise for his defence.
He said: “The back five were unbelievable.
“Ashley Timms, everything he did was superb. His kicking set up Spencer’s goal, and Scott and Pidge (Carl Piergianni) have headed everything.
“Netan and Borey (Peter Bore) have dealt with the wingers. Everything they had to deal with they dealt with.
“We’ve restricted them and not allowed them to play in our final third, and I think they’ve run out of ideas.”
When asked what message victory over the bookies’ second favourites for the title sent out, Greene was not getting carried away.
He simply responded: “We got three points, that’s all it says.”
However, he did heap more praise on his squad, adding: “It was agreat performance, that was to our standards.
“Everything we’ve asked of the players we’ve carried out. Everything we’ve worked on, we worked into a shape and restricted them to chances.
“We’ve been quite clinical at the other end.”