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Manager Graham Alexander was left feeling proud of his players after Salford City extended their winning run to seven games.

Top scorer Adam Rooney scored his first Salford hat-trick before centre-back Carl Piergianni added a fourth in a 4-1 win at Crabble, while Bedsente Gomis scored The Whites’ solitary goal.

“I’m proud of the players’ performance and their commitment and attitude to the game, I thought it was excellent,” said Alexander.

“I know Dover’s issues, their form, but if you don’t do it right you can put yourself in a bad position, but apart from a five minute spell after half time which we were a bit disappointed with I thought we controlled our performance and the opposition’s really well, and we scored four excellent goals and were always pushing for a couple more.

“We had some good efforts and some balls flashed across the face of goal which just didn’t get the final touch but we’re really pleased to come away from home, score four goals, get three points and continue this run we’re on, we’ve just reiterated to the players that it doesn’t come easy, it’s the work you do on the training pitch which bears fruit on match days.”

Hat-trick hero Rooney, who moved clear as the division’s top scorer, added:

“It’s my type of hat-trick, a toe tackle, a header and a tap-in, but I’m delighted we got the win.

“It’s always nice to come to a new club to try and hit the ground running and thankfully I’ve done that.

“We’ve been getting chances, we’ve been playing some good football and creating chances so as long as we’re doing that I’m always confident I’ll score goals.”