“We deserved the three points” said Anthony Johnson and goalscorer Anthony Dudley after Salford’s 2-1 win at Blackwell Meadows.
It was 0-0 at halftime with Salford having some strong chances which spurred them onto the second half.
Salford’s number nine, Mike Phenix was the man to break the deadlock as his low effort hit the back of the net.
Darlington’s Greg Mills enforced pressure onto the Ammies next as he scored the equaliser.
It was down to Anthony Dudley to come off the bench to score a cracker in the penultimate minute, bringing Salford’s run of games without a win to an end.
After the match, Johnson spoke about the ‘elusive win’: “We pushed Darlington and ultimately we deserved it with the chances we created In the first half and the way we pushed after they got the equaliser.
“I felt like we deserved it. It’s always nice to win it like that.”
Darlington had a game changing penalty awarded to them but Reece Styche chipped it over to allow Max Crocombe an easy save.
Johnson commented: “I find it bizarre to be fair. He kept it chipped straight through the middle and if it goes in, brilliant; Jordan did it for us against Fylde last season, that exact trick but 5-0 up.
“If they’d have gone 1-0 up they would’ve changed the game but we scored immediately after the penalty anyway.”
“TUrned a corner”
It hasn’t been an easy run for the Ammies who hadn’t won in four games. However, Johnson believes Salford City have turned a corner.
“We’ve come here to one of our rivals and got a win, so [we have gone from] not winning in four to being unbeaten in three so we’ve turned a corner.
“There’s now a gap at the top and it’s all pointing at Telford now.”
Phenix and Dudley impressed the manager with their goals which gave Salford the three points.
“I thought he [Phenix] had a good game running the channels and Dudley coming on offered the players the option from behind.
“They were great in both goals with some really good finishes.”
That was for the fans
Goalscorer Anthony Dudley has now scored two goals in his last two appearances for the club. He spoke about how he was delighted with the win.
“The last few games haven’t gone our way sometimes and obviously I got the rub of the green to get a last minute, close to 90 minute, goal.
“I’m delighted for me and obviously the boys, we’re buzzing to go home with three points.”
Salford City will now go into their next game against AFC Telford United this Saturday with a boost of confidence, and Dudley has high hopes for the fixture at the Peninsula Stadium.
“We’re going into two home games now as we’ve got Telford then Harrogate.
“We’re five points clear and hopefully with our home form we can get another six points and climb up the table.”
The three points didn’t just mean a lot to the players but this win was for the fans according to Dudley.
“To travel all the way down to Darlington on a Wednesday night when they could have work on a Thursday is huge so credit to the fans.”
“That win was for them.”