Peter Houston has paid tribute to midfielder James Craigen.
The summer signing has stuggled to establish himself in the team having been signed on a pre-contract agreement a year ago.
He was viewed by many as a replacement for out-of-contract Blair Alston but found himself on the bench and in and out of Peter Houston’s plans.
“He’s stuck to the game plan we’re looking for and playing as a team player – not as an individual.
“We’re at our best when we’re playing as a team, and that’s been recognisable over the last few weeks. James has been a part of that.
“The switch has gone on and it’s taken a while but he’s there on merit now.
Houston has talked the ex-Raith and Partick Thistle player through what is expected at Westfield and it’s beginning to make an impact on Craigen – and on the team.
The boss added: “When he first started he was doing OK, but as an individual and we had regular chats in a positive fashion, to work harder in areas to be grafting for the team as well as himself.
“When you bring a player in you want him to do well and play to his capabilities. Saturday’s goal was one of the best goals of the season.
“He’s a young guy with good legs and good ability and that’s why he was asked to come here and it’s up to him to keep his place.