Dean Lyness was delighted with how Blackpool dealt with Newport County’s late surge at Rodney Parade on Saturday, on their way to securing three points.
With a goal in it, The Exiles turned up the heat on Pool in the closing stages, asking serious questions of the resolve of Gary Bowyer’s side.
Lyness himself made an unbelievable save in injury time, before Bright Osayi-Samuel ran up the other end to secure a hard-fought win.
“Once they got the goal they put long balls on top of us, but we dealt with them,” he said. “It was another test, we’ve come here and dealt with it really well.
“We stood up to the test in the last 10, 15 minutes, when they had momentum and the crowd on their side.
“We’ve thrown away two goals in the past but the biggest thing is learning from it, and we made sure we didn’t do it again.”
The Seasiders scored three goals of their own and showed their battling capabilities in difficult circumstances, which Lyness knows is key to being successful at this level.
“It’s what this league’s all about, you come up against big, physical sides. If you’ve got the ability to play as well, which we have, it’s ideal.
“Mixing your game is vital, especially away from home. We had a really strong mentality, and at times we got the ball and played in the first-half.”