Ian Chandler was delighted with his side’s 2-0 win at Jarrow Roofing on Saturday.
It was his first since returning as manager as goals from Chris McDonald and Adam Shanks sealed a vital three points.
He said: “It’s a very good three points because obviously the game didn’t play out the way I’d planned.
“The sending off early in the second half was a shock, but swearing at the referee is a definite ‘no-go’, but then we dug in deep and played some good football.
“Chris McDonald lashed a beauty in, which was good to see, and Shanks got his at the death, which was reward for his hard work.
“He deserved his goal today, he did a lot of hard running. I was really pleased for him.”
The manager started with the same 11 that played in the second half of Tuesday’s game against Guisborough.
He added: “I’ve told the lads if you play well you’ll stop in the team, and I had to stick by my words, but the shape wasn’t quite right for the way Roofing were playing.
“Chow and Mackay were a bit of a handful so we needed to put Callum Anderson in the middle to shore things up with Gibson and Laws, which worked, and after about 20 minutes we stopped them getting to balls in the box, so that was all good.
“Craig McFarlane had a bit of an injury so we changed things at half-time.”
Chandler felt that the game plan was not working out for Chris Youldon.
“I just thought as well as he played on Tuesday, let’s take him off and put two natural forwards on, but that didn’t last long,” he said.
“Things had to be changed and thankfully they worked again.
“Roofers had a couple of long shots and a couple of headers in the box, but not much else.”
And the manager felt going down to ten men did not seem to affect the way Whitley played.
He said: “We played as a unit very strongly so after the sending off it didn’t need big changes.
“We just left Shanks up by himself and it worked.
“Yes, it was a good three points and now we need to follow that up on Tuesday with another three [against Marske].
“We need to carry on playing the way we are with the right attitude and the belief that you can see is coming. It’s looking good.”
The boss paid tribute to the Whitley fans, who turned out in great numbers to make it Roofing’s biggest attendance of the season by far.
“The fans were really good today, it’s good to see so many of them following us and they really got behind us, so I’m very pleased,” he said.