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Gary Bowyer’s men came away from Harrogate Town with a clean sheet, two goals and all three points from a 2-0 win.

The Ammies took control early on, asserting their dominance with confident, flowing football in North Yorkshire against fifth-place Harrogate. The expansive style from the outset suited Salford as they looked to exploit gaps in between the lines of the home side through decisive counter-attacking football.

The deadlock was broken just before half time by Matty Lund, grabbing his third of the season, and he could hardly miss. Ibou Touray, on his return from international football, whipped a deep cross towards the back post for the oncoming midfielder to tap home with the goal gaping.

“After the first 15 minutes the game settled down and the lads grew into the shape that we’d worked on. We had some really good opportunities before we scored a wonderful goal, it was a fantastic cross from Ibou Touray, so that was a boost for us and a great finish from Matty Lund who’s just doing what he’s done his whole career.”

With just four points on their travels this season, dominant away performances have been few and far between but today Bowyer’s side looked at their assured best. After withstanding some Harrogate pressure early in the second-half, following a trio of early substitutions from Town, Salford stuck to the gameplan and later doubled their lead. Having not scored since the 2nd November 2013, Jason Lowe smashed in a low driven shot that took a deflection on its way into the near post, to the jubilation of his teammates.

“It’s not a big win, it’s just the next one, all the boys are happy in there and it’s thoroughly deserved in the second half we knew that Harrogate would come at us but we withstood that well.

“We got a collector’s item in a Jason Lowe goal, his last one was against Middlesborough for Blackburn and that was a strike from outside the box so hopefully we won’t have to wait another eight years for his next.”

Lowe becomes Salford’s 13th scorer this season, showing that goals can come from all over the pitch. The chances created were definitely a positive to take into future games, and a lot of that forward play was down to the great work up top from today’s solo striker Brandon Thomas-Asante, says Bowyer;

“We’ve said all along we’ve been missing chances, but it’s not just down to the forwards it has to be a collective. I have to say Brandon was immense today in terms of how he led the line today on his own. We have four strikers missing and he really stepped up today.”

Salford’s travelling fans got a performance they deserved, vocal throughout the 90 minutes, helping carry the team to success. The Manager credited today’s 184 supporters and understands it’s not been easy watching following The Ammies away so far this season.

“It looked like more than that, to be honest, and the noise they made certainly sounded like more than that!

“They’ve been very good with us, following us away we haven’t had many days like this so to send them home happy, we’re all delighted.”

It’s a quick turnaround into Tuesday’s home fixture when we entertain 14th place Bristol Rovers hoping to carry the momentum from a fantastic away win.