Head Coach Harry Kewell was full of praise for his side after Reds kicked off the new season with a 1-0 win at Cheltenham, courtesy of Ollie Palmer's second-half header.
He said: "It was a good performance and a brave performance, because we kept trying to play against a strong Cheltenham side.
"The players have worked hard in pre-season but it's all worthwhile when you get a result like that. Apart from the penalty, we restricted them to few chances and the goal was well taken by Ollie.
"It's just what you need on the opening day - three points and a clean sheet and I'm sure the fans who travelled enjoyed it as much as we did."