SALFORD CITY joint-manager Bernard Morley hailed the impact of his substitutions as his side came from behind to beat Southport 2-1 on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Sandgrounders were 1-0 up after what he described as a “poor” first half, however a second half equaliser from Mani Dieseruvwe set the tone for the rest of the game, and Salford got a winner courtesy of Jacques Kpohomouh five minutes from time.
But it was substitutes Josh Askew and Mike Phenix who played big parts in both of the goals.
“Nobody likes to be sat on the bench,” said Morley, “but I’ve said it can be a plus sometimes as a player to be sat on the bench because you can sit and weigh up the opposition for 45 minutes.
“When you do get the nod you know where you can go and impact the game and that was the case today.
“We knew that Josh would give us energy and Mike Phenix would be direct and stretch the game for us, and fair play to them both; they’ve gone on to do a job and obviously they’ve done it at the best of their ability.”
After an intense start to the season, that win moves The Ammies up to third in the Vanarama National League North with 16 points from seven games.
“If you’d have asked me at the beginning of the season if we were going to win five, lose one and draw one I’d have been over the moon with it, especially with the start we’ve had,” admitted Morley.
“It doesn’t get any easier, we’re away at Curzon next Saturday then we’ve got Harrogate away and Brackley at home so it gets harder, it doesn’t get easier.
“It’s just important now that we re-group this week and work hard in training.”