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Salford City qualified for the Emirates FA Cup First Round for only the second time after a ‘tough’ 2-1 win at Marine.

Rory Gaffney scored the winning goal after Danny Mitchley had cancelled out Danny Whitehead’s opener at the Marine Travel Arena, which Graham Alexander said he was ‘delighted’ about.

“They were good goals from us, we’re obviously disappointed to concede ourselves but I thought it was a good cup tie, I thought it was played in the right spirit, I thought it was very competitive from both teams which you’d expect. 

“The job today was to get through to the next round and we’ve done that, so we’re really pleased with that, we wanted to be in that draw on Monday so we’re delighted!

“These games, if you don’t approach them in the right way, they can be very difficult and you can get turned over but I’m very pleased with the players, they did enough to win the game today and deservedly so in the end.”

The Ammies will be ball number 59 in Monday’s draw which you can watch live on BBC 2 from 7pm.

It pits the 48 teams from League One and League Two up amongst 32 sides from non-league, which means that a tie against local sides such as Bury, Rochdale and Oldham could be on the cards.

“It’s an exciting cup competition, we’re all looking forward to the draw now on Monday so we’re really pleased with a day’s work,” said Alexander. 

“We’re just looking forward to being in the next round and that’s the main thing. I think the little period in between going through and the cup draw is an exciting period, I think everyone talks about ‘what ifs’, ‘who we could get’, who we might not, but we’re looking for to a game that we can win and I think whoever we get we’ll go into that with the right frame of mind, looking to win the game.

“We have to put it on the back burner once the draw is made to concentrate on the league form next week, but it’s always special to be involved in the FA Cup and we’re still delighted to be in there.”

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