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ANTHONY JOHNSON was happy to see Salford City get three points in Good Friday’s 2-1 win over Curzon Ashton.

After a goalless first half, which the hosts dominated in terms of territory and possession, Lois Maynard struck within a couple of minutes of the restart.

Curzon didn’t manage much going forward as Salford had a few more opportunities to extend the lead, but it took until Jack Redshaw’s 92nd minute goal to do so.

Joe Guest ghosted in to head a late consolation, but the league leaders held on for a very valuable three points which Johnson insists is the main thing.

“There was enough chances I think in the game from us to warrant it being a bigger gap, certainly than 2-1. I think 2-0 before they scored maybe would have made it a little bit closer towards what the game was like.

“But I’ve been saying it for the last few games now, it’s been about the result, you know it’s not about looking back and ruing missed chances, it’s about getting points on the board so we’re pleased about that.

“The lads will always try and do the right things, I think the biggest compliment that I can give to the players is that they adapt, game after game.

“The pitch, people want to see an exciting brand of attacking football, it’s what we work on everyday in training, but the pitch was bobbling so the lads have adapted, every single game.

“Whether it be Kidderminster last week, Ferriby the game before, obviously Blyth here, the pitches are changing every single game.”


There was just one change from the side that swept aside Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night, enforced with Anthony Dudley replacing the injured Richie Allen.

With The Ammies preparing for their fourth game in 10 days at Southport on Monday squad rotation is becoming particularly important, and Johnson is pleased with the way the players are stepping up when needed.

“Duds came into the game on Tuesday night quite early, into the position he started today, so I don’t think that affected us.

“Everyone’s playing their part; last Saturday Scott played in there with Lois, from Tuesday night Gus kept his shirt because he was outstanding, and Shelts came on again today.

“It’s a squad game, we’ve not got a massive squad but everyone’s being used, everyone is playing their part. If someone had said to Mani three or four weeks ago that he’d play two or three games, been involved at Kiddy, he might have wondered where that was coming from, but it just goes to show that it is a squad game.”