MANI DIESERUVWE was the hero as his late goal saw Salford City beat Alfreton Town 1-0, and the forward says it was his most important goal yet.
The 22-year-old came off the bench with 20 minutes to go and the teams deadlocked at 0-0, but with one of the last phases of the game he rose at the near post to head in Richie Allen’s corner.
Despite it being just his third goal since a summer move from Kidderminster Harriers, Dieseruvwe says it might just be his most important yet as Salford opened up a four point gap at the top of the Vanarama National League North.
“I think it is the most important, it’s always important to get three points for the boys but to get the winner in the 93rd minute it’s a nice feeling and all the boys are buzzing in there so it’s good!
“That’s what you’ve got to do when you’re on the bench, you’ve got to watch the game and make sure you’re ready to come on at any point because when you come on you’ve got to make that impact and thankfully today I’ve done that, we’ve got the three points and won the game.”
The Ammies had created nearly 20 chances without scoring by the time Dieseruvwe came on, and clinical finishing is something Salford need to work on.
However to get the goal at the last and the three points was the pleasing thing for the former Sheffield Wednesday forward:
“Watching the game we did have a lot of chances, and at half time one or two of the boys were saying we’ve got to be more clinical and that, and I think as we carried on in the second half we needed to relax a bit in front of goal.
“The longer it went on it could have gone either way, they could have got a goal in the last minute but thankfully we did that and got the three points at the end of it which is the most pleasing thing.”
No Time For Easing Off
With Harrogate not playing due to Kidderminster’s FA Cup First Round tie at AFC Fylde, Salford had the perfect chance to put the pressure on their Yorkshire title rivals by opening up a gap after taking top spot against Boston in mid-week.
Nevertheless despite the gap it’s important for the squad to keep their eye on the ball and not ease off.
“It’s early but it’s very important at this stage to have that gap and it gives us a bit more confidence to move onto the next game knowing that we’ve got a bit of breathing space.
“But we can’t take our foot off the gas; we’ve got to keep going into every game we’re going into at 100% and everyone’s got to be at it and like today, the subs have got to be ready because they could have such an impact.
“The gaffers put faith into everyone and when you get your chance you’ve just got to take it.”
Joint-manager Anthony Johnson added:
“I’m delighted for the big fella getting the goal because he’s not been in the team with the way Jack [Redshaw] and Michael [Phenix] have been playing, and Duds [Anthony Dudley], but to come on and get the winner in that fashion, you could see from the players reactions how happy they were for him!
“He’s a brilliant kid, a brilliant lad and hopefully he’ll hit the goal trail now.”
Dieseruvwe scored the opening goal against Irlam in the Manchester Premier Cup First Round which helped to secure a 2-0 win, and a place in the Quarter-Finals.
Now Salford face the next highest ranked side left in the competition, and current holders, FC United of Manchester at The Peninsula Stadium on Tuesday night.