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Graham Alexander, Salford City, Cambridge United 0-4 Salford CitySalford City completed their first EFL ‘double’ with a more than convincing 4-0 win away at Cambridge United.

Adam Rooney opened the scoring in the first half, having scored the winner in the reverse fixture, and doubled his tally with a penalty in the second half.

Minutes later Ash Hunter opened his Ammies account with a belting finish across goal before Ibou Touray scored his fifth of the season with a powerful cross-come-shot that squeezed between the helpless Dimitar Mitov and his near post.

Hosts Cambridge offered little after having an early Paul Lewis header ruled out for offside, and Graham Alexander was beaming with the result.

“We’re delighted with the result, four goals as well and a clean sheet, like you say it’s been a great night for us as a team, as a club and I think the way we started the game was good then it drifted away.

“But I thought the way we came out in the second half was excellent and we really went for the kill, not to sit on a one goal lead, and that was really important tonight so delighted for the players.  

“I thought we played some really incisive football at times and we were very clinical in the box.”

At the other end The Ammies won a first game with a clean sheet since beating Cambridge at The Peninsula Stadium in October.

“The win was the most important thing but we have to start getting clean sheets to give ourselves the best chance when we score. 

“We had to deal with Pondy going off early doors but Hogey came in, he keeps himself ready and he was ready to go and play, but there were some excellent performances throughout the team tonight.”

Cheered on by 78 travelling supporters, who were audible all night in a crowd of 3,444, The Gaffer says the win was for them as much as anyone.

“Tuesday night down at Cambridge is a long way to come so I think the least we can do is put a performance on that warrants that support, and to get a 4-0 win just puts the icing on the cake for them so we’re delighted for them guys as well.”

Adam Rooney

Adam Rooney ended a mini goal drought with a brace at The Abbey Stadium.

The Irishman’s last league goal was the equaliser at Bradford City the other side of Christmas.

However he made it three goals in two games with his trademark tap-in and penalty at Cambridge United.

“We wanted to bounce back after the disappointment of throwing away the win the other day, in the second half we never really got going and gave up two points so we were disappointed and wanted to try and make amends for that tonight. 

“I’ve taken over 50 penalties in my career so if you’ve taken enough of them you’re going to miss them and you just have to get on with it. I always believe I’m going to score a penalty so obviously nice to get another one.

“I think it [the first one] was a brilliant ball in, I managed to get across the defender and on the end of it, and to be fair they had a bit of the ball after that and we had to weather the storm but we knew going in at half time if we could come out and start the second half and get on top of them, hopefully go on and kick on and thankfully that’s what we’ve done.”

Salford are now unbeaten in four matches in all competitions, and Rooney says now the challenge is to maintain a level of consistency.

“We’re in a bit of good form now, obviously we had the win in the Leasing.com Trophy last week as well and we’ve had a couple of wins and a draw in the last few games so the idea is to hopefully find that consistency to our play and hopefully we can continue build on that. 

“But we can’t get too far ahead, we’ve got another big game coming at the weekend, a tough game so we’ve got to pick ourselves up and hopefully get ready to go again.”

Ibou Touray

Ibou Touray’s sensational strike capped a fine evening under the lights at Cambridge United.

The full-back is enjoying his first season in the Football League with five goals so far this campaign, having only scored his first Salford goals last season.

With Salford cruising, his sweetly struck effort from the left in the 89th minute flew between Dimitar Mitov and his near post, rippling the top of the net.

Not too dis-similar from his goal at Wembley in May, and the 25-year-old admits it wasn’t intended as an effort on goal…

“This one was definitely a cross, I just shifted it across the lad and went to whack it across the goal and luckily it went in so I’ll take it.

“I didn’t set a target to be fair, I just thought it would be nice to get a few goals. 

“It’s my first time playing in the Football League so I didn’t really have any targets to be honest, just see what happened and I’m doing well so far I think.”

In addition The Ammies kept a first league clean sheet since the end of November, and won a league game with a clean sheet for the first time since beating Cambridge 1-0 at The Peninsula Stadium in October.

“We’re really happy, obviously towards the end of the game when it was comfortable like three, four-nil we were just focused on keeping a clean sheet and we’re happy we got it in the end and hopefully we can get a few more and keep winning in the upcoming games.”

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