Notts County boss Hans Backe hailed his midfield after County moved up into fourth place in League Two with a solid professional performance in a 2-0 win at Hereford.
A goal in each half from winger Craig Westcarr and central defender Mike Edwards made it three wins in a row for the Magpies in the past eight days.
``We started well for the first 25 minutes as we did at Darlington,'' said Backe. ``We controlled the game and really deserved the win.
``It was a difficult away game, Hereford had only lost one league match at home and had picked up five wins in their last eight games and were in good form but we looked very solid at the back.
``Neal Bishop and Ricky Ravenhill were our key players in midfield and they did a fantastic job.''
Hereford manager John Trewick was left disappointed after the Bulls had gained their first away win at Northampton on Tuesday.
The hosts should have taken the lead in the 20th minute after County goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel conceded a penalty when he brought down Marc Pugh.
However, Schmeichel made amends when he dived full-length to stop Ryan Valentine's spot-kick at the far post.
Trewick said: ``I am a bit disappointed by our performance when we never really quite got going especially after the way we played at Northampton when we created chances and scored goals.
``At the end it all fizzled out to a defeat but having said that when you analyse the game I can't remember Notts County having too many clear-cut chances.
``We had a penalty which we should have scored from and Leon Constantine had a good chance with a volley in the second half.
``Again Mark Pugh was also through and looked to be fouled by the lad who was chasing him and they were as good a chances as any all afternoon.
``Although we were not at our best I am disappointed not to have picked up something from the game.''
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