Hearts of Oak coach Kim Grant was left impressed by his side's performance against Dreams FC in the GFA Normalization Committee Special Cup opener on Sunday.
Kwadwo Obeng Junior scored in the second half to hand the Phobians a slim victory over the Dawu-based club in the competition at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Speaking after the game, the former Ghana international was delighted with the players' output despite feeling a bit of nervousness in their first competitive game since the airing of the Anas expose.
"We were just apprehensive in the first half because it's the first game the cohesion of the team. I think there was a bit of nervousness," he told the club's Youtube channel.
"For me it's important that we didn't concede and we came through the game even when we didn't perform well in the first 20-30 minutes.
"Apart from that Dreams FC didn't create anything, they didn't have any shot on goal so I was pleased with the character and overall performance of the team."
Hearts of Oak will travel to Cape Coast to face Elmina Sharks in the match-day two of the Normalization Committee Special competition at the Nduom Stadium on Wednesday.