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ANTHONY JOHNSON praised the character of Salford City after they came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Bradford Park Avenue.

The Ammies were behind on 15 minutes when Oli Johnson scored from the penalty spot after Nicky Clee was felled by Carl Piergianni.

Chances were few and far between for the rest of the first half, with Avenue unable to extend their advantage either.

However second half goals from Mike Phenix, and an own-goal by James Knowles set up by substitute Gus Mafuta, sealed the three points which keep the pressure on leaders Harrogate Town.

“It was testing conditions again, in fact it was a lot worse than it was last weekend,” said Johnson.

“We came in at half-time, 1-0 down to a disputable penalty, so we said we might have to adapt a little bit and we did, we adapted to the conditions.

“I know Bernard said last week about not particularly playing well and winning but you’re not always going to be able to play well, and it wasn’t a game for the purists today, it was digging in. 

“You can’t always do stuff you do on the training ground, but I thought second half, especially the substitutions who were great when they came on, we showed a lot of determination and managed to get the win.”

Mike Phenix in form

Phenix scored his fifth goal in eight games with a header after Ibou Touray’s inviting cross from the left, before Mafuta powered into the right-hand side of the area and delivered a low ball that Knowles turned into his own net, prompting praise from Johnson.

“We’ve got two very good forwards in Pheno and Jack who’ve got the shirts at the minute, and they’re both scoring goals, they look a good pair together, and Pheno’s got on the end of another one with a good finish.

“I think that for Gus, he’s had a frustrating time coming in as a big name signing, getting an injury, and waiting, being disappointed not to have had his start yet. 

“But his performance today for 25-30 minutes, I thought he was unplayable, and his goal epitomised that the way he broke through and smashed it, but you could see he wanted to prove to everybody what he is about.

“We’ve been behind in games, but we’ve got good heart, big characters, and to see the lads keep coming back from behind and producing that is not good for my heart, but it shows the character of the boys.”

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Salford have the chance to overtake Harrogate Town when we travel to Boston United on Tuesday 31st October.

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