PHIL Parkinson promised drastic action to stop Altrincham’s losing streak but could hardly have expected it to succeed the way it did at The J.Davidson Stadium on Tuesday night.

Stung by a fifth straight defeat at Bromley on Saturday, the Alty boss vowed to "do something about it" and promptly brought in no fewer than three loan signings barely 48 hours later.

All three – striker Montel Gibson, centre-half Yoan Zouma and left-back Reagan Ogle – went straight into the starting line-up against Woking in a bold move aimed at reinvigorating the Robins and snapping them out of their losing run.

It looked to have been scuppered by a controversial straight red card for centre-back Tom Hannigan after only half-an-hour, but the 10 men stood firm, took the lead through Matty Kosylo and withstood late pressure thanks to an exceptional double save from Tony Thompson to chalk up an unlikely but thoroughly deserved 1-0 win.

“It was a gutsy performance when you consider the circumstances,’ said Alty boss Parkinson. ‘We’re up against it again, poor decisions going against us, a man sent off and you’re thinking what’s next – the Apocalypse?

“I’m not sure what Jake Moult’s goal was disallowed for, and then Tom gets sent off moments after he gets chopped in half by a challenge that hits him halfway up his shin. It looked reckless, and I’m amazed he got up, but there was no red card for that.

“But I was never worried about the endeavour of the lads to keep going, and I thought they were absolutely immense, led by Jake Moult on his 400th Alty appearance.

“He was an absolute monster. He has been a true leader ever since I arrived here, and that was one of the best performances I have seen from him. A performance like that shows what it means to him to be at Altrincham and to be Altrincham captain. The new lads all showed up well, too, but that’s partly due to the group as a whole not sulking and playing their part in helping them settle straightaway.

“And that was top drawer from Tony Thompson at the end. I thought it was in, the header he kept out for his second save, and I just thought nothing’s going our way. But he showed what he’s all about and why he is unequivocally our number one.”