Graham Alexander hailed Fleetwood's discipline after they dumped holders Crewe out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a 4-0 win.
David Ball and Jon Parkin gave the League Two club a two-goal advantage at the break after Crewe had dominated first half possession.
Alexander said: "It was a game where we had to be disciplined because Crewe knocked the ball around really well.
"They had a lot of possession in the first half. We had to get through that period.
"David Ball's was a fantastic finish and Jon Parkin adding one before the break was just what we needed.
"It's a great win against a good side."
Town opened the scoring six minutes before the break.
It was a neat counter-attack from Fleetwood, with Liam Hogan laying the ball on for David Ball to produce a sublime finish from 20 yards.
Fleetwood doubled their advantage before half-time. Gareth Evans was released down the left and crossed for Parkin, with his header being deflected in.
Victory was assured a minute after the restart as centre-half Nathan Pond, turning 25 yards out, released a low shot which skimmed past Phillips.