Braintree Town manager Glen Driver has said his team's 3-1 win at Havant & Waterlooville was anything but a "smash and grab" job.

The Iron boss said he was disappointed to see himself quoted in national media at the weekend as saying that was the case because he certainly didn't think it was after seeing his team beat a side sat second in the Vanarama National League South table after an unbeaten run of ten games.

Driver felt the three points were "thoroughly deserved" by Braintree and was keen to set the record straight about his thoughts on the game at the Hawks.

"I was disappointed to see myself quoted as saying that I thought it was a 'smash and grab' job because that's certainly not what I thought," said the Braintree boss.

"I said that some people may see it as a smash and grab, but I didn't see it that way myself because I felt we thoroughly deserved our win.

"We played very very well and had plenty of chances to put the game to bed before we did. "We were quick out of the blocks, which was pleasing and it was their first defeat (of the season) so I think a lot of credit should be given to us. "They are a full-time team and their budget is probably five times what ours is so to say it was a smash and grab job is a big injustice to my players.

"Yes, we rode our luck at times as Michael Johnson saved a penalty and they missed a very good opportunity to level in the second half, but you have to say that was down to their poor finishing and that ultimately cost them.

"We could have got more goals than we did as well, so to go there and win 3-1 is something that I'm thoroughly happy with.

"We got the win and I think our boys deserve the credit for that."

Braintree won the game with a Tom Richardson double before half-time and after goalkeeper Michael Johnson made a penalty save to keep the Iron ahead in the second half, they made the points safe with a late Femi Akinwande strike.

It extended a superb run of form for Driver's side that has seen them take 13 points from their last five games and they now sit sixth in the National League South table.

In that recent run, Braintree have beaten Dorking Wanderers, Dulwich Hamlet and Chippenham Town as well as securing an important point from a tough trip to Concord Rangers, but their latest success was one that stood out for Driver.

"I would definitely say that was the result that sticks out most so far," he added.

"For the character the team showed, for the team bonding, the team belief, the way we went there and we made them change their system so they brought on a big lad and went direct and the way we caused them so many problems.

"They could not find an answer to any of that and that's why I think it was our most pleasing result so far.

"They are a big team and I think that was a big statement from us.

"I've had so many messages since the game saying well done and congratulating us on the way that we played and I'm almost overwhelmed by it all, but it's all about the players and what they've done."