Graham Alexander says that he will not let Salford City’s heads drop despite a 1-0 defeat at home to AFC Fylde.
The result means that going into the last day The Ammies are reliant on both Leyton Orient losing, and a five-goal swing in goal difference. The O’s could only draw 0-0 away at Solihull Moors on Saturday, who move level on points with Salford and are also still in with a chance.
However while there is still a chance, Alexander says Salford will still fight for promotion to the Football League.
Speaking after the game he said: “Everything’s still possible, everything’s still in our hands and that’s it.
“Whether it’s next week or in the play-offs, we’ve got the games that we have to win to get promotion, and I said to the players walking of the pitch, “do not be sulking, do not be feeling sorry for ourselves.
“We’ve done ourselves brilliantly over the last couple of months to put us into this situation again anyway, and we’ve still got the opportunity and it’s within our control.”
WE DIDN’T DO OURSELVES JUSTICE
The Coasters have recorded a large amount of draws which have kept them away from automatic promotion, but secured a first win in four attempts against The Ammies when Alex Reid struck around the half hour mark. A deflected cross dropped for the forward who clinically dispatched a shot low to the right.
Rory Gaffney came on at half time and Salford improved vastly with Carl Piergianni, Gaffney and Gus Mafuta all being denied by the impenetrable Jay Lynch. The final chance came to Lois Maynard to equalise in the third of five minutes added on, but his header dropped wide of the near post.
“[We’re] frustrated really because I don’t think we did ourselves justice in the first half.
“They got the break with the goal, a deflection in the box which fell to the lad and he finished it well which obviously gave them something to protect.
“But second half I think we really went for it, created loads of chances around the box, around the goal, and unfortunately just couldn’t find that finishing edge, but the way the team responded again in the second half was superb.
“We’ll learn from today, use it as a lesson, and go into next week’s game looking to win; winning’s a good habit and we’ve done exceptionally well over the last couple of months, the players have been exceptional and we expect them to carry on that form.”
The Ammies travel to Hartlepool United in the final game of the season, KO 15:00 at The Super 6 Stadium on Saturday.