Daniel Farke praised Norwich City's players for fighting the fatigue associated with a rigorous training camp and securing a 2-0 friendly win over MSV Duisbuig on Wednesday night.
Having been pushed hard during their opening days of a pre-season tour in Germany, the Canaries produced away from the training field to take a deserved win from the fixture.
Speaking to Norwich City TV after the match, Farke said: "I'm pretty content with the 2-0 and a really good game from my guys.
"We played against a really solid club from the second division in Germany. For them it was a pretty important test as their side was nearly their normal starting XI.
"It was hard for us because the game came right in the middle of the hard work of our training camp. For me, the most important thing was we were ready from the first second to the last.
"We concentrated in the defence and didn't give any chances away after the first ten minutes. We deserved the win and could have scored a few more but I won't go too deep with it so I'm content."
City's cause was aided by a first half red card being shown to Duisburg's Gerrit Nauber, a decision Farke himself sought to overturn.
"I would have prefered to play eleven vs eleven," the Head Coach explained.
"It means a little bit more space for our game. We controlled the ball and they tried to defend by being really compact.
"It was a little more difficult to create chances but the boys did well. We have another hard game on Friday so will do just one session tomorrow.
"We have just 16 players who are fit to play so it means many minutes for the guys. We have to take care a little bit of the load.
"It's not about the results, it's about the hard work to prepare for the season. We will try to have the best training camp we are able to and will train hard for it.