Salford City ended 2019 on a high with a 4-1 win at Oldham Athletic, with a brace each from Jake Jervis and Brandon Thomas-Asante.
Two quick fire goals in the first half put the visitors firmly in charge in the first competitive meeting between the sides, before Jervis added a second at the end of the half.
Thomas-Asante’s resilience earned its reward when he scored his third goal in two games early in the second half, and the perfect afternoon was on the cards when Chris Neal saved a Filipe Morais penalty.
Although Desire Segbe-Azankpo did pull one back for The Latics, the damage was done and The Ammies can go into the new year with some optimism and a good run.
A pleased Graham Alexander said afterwards: “The players were superb today, it was a big derby for us, first time we’ve played Oldham, it’s just down the road so we wanted to continue the performance from against Crewe and we certainly did that.
“We were a real threat in attack I thought defensively we were very compact, strong and disciplined in what we had to do, and [we] scored some very good goals.
“[We’re] disappointed with the penalty and the goal against us but that’s nit-picking because the players were superb and we could have had a couple more with some real good efforts; we hit the crossbar and missed a couple of chances which we would expect to take but the players were excellent and we thoroughly deserved the win.”
Following a period without scoring in the league, Salford now have seven in the last two games, eight in three, and now The Gaffer is calling on his side to show their quality more consistently.
“It’s been an issue for us, you do the work on the training pitch and the analysis with the players, but at the end of the day the players have got to go out there and show the quality that they have.
“We’re not doubting their quality, but it’s about re-producing it on a more consistent basis.
“I thought the finishes were top class, for Jake to get a brace and Brandon got a brace as well, Jake probably had an opportunity, and Brandon probably, to get a hat-trick…
“But I thought Brandon was very unselfish for laying the ball across the goal for I think it was Cons that had the shot, Jake just missed that opportunity from four, five yards out, but at least we’re getting into those positions and showing better quality outside the box.
“We were getting up to the box in previous games but we weren’t showing the quality to take advantage, but certainly in the last two games we’ve done that and the goals have justified the good play up to that final third.”
Salford stay in 11th after Port Vale upset leaders Swindon Town, and next up travel to Grimsby Town on New Year’s Day.