Grant McCann was pleased to get the job done as Hull City secured a 2-0 win at Harrogate in the Papa John’s Trophy.
Two goals in the final 15 minutes from substitute James Scott and captain-for-the-night Callum Jones earned the Tigers their first win in Northern Group H.
League Two newcomers Harrogate proved stubborn opposition, with the visitors creating and spurning an abundance of chances before eventually making the breakthrough.
And McCann was pleased his side’s persistence eventually paid off.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game because they play in a certain way and it’s difficult to stop sometimes," said McCann.
“They’re good at home and have been over the last three or four years, which is the reason they’ve gone through the leagues.
“I was pleased with the boys. They stood up to a big challenge and came through it. We eventually got the job done in the second half.
“We had some really good chances first half, many balls going into the box which we just didn’t get on the end of.
“We knew we’d had have to compete and win first and second balls.
"We knew if we did that and played forward quickly, we could get Martin Samuelsen in the pocket, and get Hakeeb Adelakun and Thomas Mayer in between them and could cause them problems.
“We did that but it was just the last pass, the final ball, the last shot that wasn’t there in the first half.
“It was pleasing to see it was there in the second half and we won the game.”