Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielder Dan Glazer thanked the club’s fans for choosing him as their man of the match after the victory over Hapoel Beersheba on Monday but he said the entire team and the coaching staff deserved credit for the landmark victory.

“It was a tough game against perhaps our most difficult league opponents the coaching staff prepared us really well for every possible situation, they gave us the tools to solve every conceivable problem and we showed our worth on the pitch.

“Despite our fine form, we must remember that we have another difficult match on Saturday against Hapoel Raanana, so we need to ensure that we stay focused.

“It was important for us to send the 24,000 fans home happy and I’m pleased that we managed to do just that. I hope they will continue to support us in the marvelous way that they have done so far.

“There are still plenty of first round games to go but it’s great that we have overcome the difficult opponents, on paper, at least, and we continue to look forward to the next matches.

“The entire team feels confident, we broke an important record by not conceding any goals in eight full matches since the start of the season and it’s all down to the defence, midfield and the attack.

“I predicted to my teammates that Itay Shechter would be the first player to score at Bloomfield and I want to congratulate him for this. He works very hard and I hope he is able to continue to make the Bloomfield crowd happy.

I’m also pleased we could give a great sendoff to outgoing CEO Ben Mansford who left us today. It was an important day for him and we wanted to make him proud, we have great affection for him.”