Salford City earned their first three points of 2022 with a 2-0 win over Newport County at Rodney Parade.
It was an assured away performance from the Ammies, who looked to have a fire in their belly and took control from the first whistle after an inadvertent Christmas break.
Following on from the three points earned against Stevenage three weeks ago, the result secured Gary Bowyer’s side their first back-to-back wins of the season in League Two, and the Gaffer was delighted with the attitude from his players.
“I’m delighted, the players deserve all the credit because it’s their first game in three weeks.
“The way that they’ve trained, the way that they’ve looked after themselves, the way that they’ve reacted to having games called off last minute – they’ve been first class and this is the reward for all their efforts over the Christmas period.”
The opening goal was the result of some well deserved good fortune just before half time. It was a decisive move which started by Aramide Oteh winning possession inside his own half. The ball went wide to substitute Tylor Golden who picked out Josh Morris at the far post, and the number 11 rifled his first-time volley into the crowded penalty box which was turned in by the outstretched leg of Newport midfielder Finn Azaz.
“The build-up to the first goal was very good, we got a bit of luck with the deflection. I’m delighted for Josh Morris who has recently become a dad for the first time so he’ll definitely want to try and claim that goal for the baby,” added Bowyer.
Having taken the lead just before the break, the Ammies came out firing in the second half. A confident run out of defence from Jordan Turnbull split through the heart of the home side before teeing up Brandon Thomas Asante to double the advantage calmly.
“It was a good time to score just before half time and then our second one as well straight after half time. We had a few good opportunities, their goalie has made a terrific save from Matty Lund after, again, a brilliant passage of play.”
The trip to South Wales was a great way to start a packed schedule of games in January, but the Gaffer understands the task ahead in building momentum and climbing the table heading into the back half of the season.
“It’s just the next game and that’s how we have to approach it, I know it’s a cliche but all we can do is go game by game. Now we have to recover and go again on Tuesday.”
Salford return to The Peninsula Stadium on Tuesday night against Tranmere Rovers, who now sit second in League Two after a 4-0 win against Scunthorpe United.