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Theo Vassell netted his first goal for the club to cap off an incredible 2-0 winning performance against Leyton Orient.

On the hour mark, the defender doubled Salford’s lead, adding to Liam Shephard’s opener. Vassell found himself unmarked in the box from Ash Hunter’s pinpoint corner and nodded Salford’s second past the helpless Lawrence Vigouroux.

The 25-year-old says his first job is to keep the goals out, but is delighted when he can grab one for himself.

“I’m buzzing, of course, my first goal for the club but most of all we got the clean sheet as well. The three points are obviously important for us as well so overall I’m happy personally and for the team.

“We went in at half time and said to ourselves we were creating enough chances; we came out and made chances and took them well to get a deserved three points.

“We really enjoyed it, in the first half we had a few phases of play where we played well and passed the ball. We went out in the second half and told ourselves, do more of it. We know we’re good enough to do it and there was space for us to play, so that’s what we did and did it well.”

Vassell came in to replace captain Ash Eastham after he went off on Tuesday night through injury, and more than justified his return to the starting lineup. Not only did the defender get on the scoresheet for the first time in his Salford career, but contributed to a formidable defensive line that has now kept successive clean sheets.

Alongside Jordan Turnbull, the pair kept the Os’ strike force at bay, with the home side rarely testing Tom King in the Salford goal. The two trips to the capital in a matter of days have rounded off Salford’s congested fixture schedule, with the Ammies having a Tuesday night break for the first time this calendar year.

“It’s been a long six weeks but we’ve dealt with it well and we’ve picked up a decent amount of points from it, especially this week. Two games away in London and we’ve taken four points, happy days!

“Next Saturday we have to go again, we’ve set the level today and that’s the level we have to be at every single week so if we keep playing like that we can only go up.”

Salford have a week to prepare for the visit of Crawley Town to The Peninsula Stadium, tickets are available now for our Footy for a Fiver game!