Salford City moved up to fourth in Sky Bet League Two after a narrow 1-0 win against Barrow.
Ian Henderson’s decisive first half goal secured three points for The Ammies as Barrow’s away woes continued.
The striker seized upon a rare opening that came from a mistake by Bobby Thomas, slotting home unchallenged for his third goal in two.
Other than that chances were at a premium, but Richie Wellens praised the way his players adapted to see out the win.
“I thought at times it was pretty good in the first half, I thought we kicked off the second half and for the first 10 minutes we played like it was a testimonial, we kept the ball for a decent period but didn’t really go anywhere, didn’t ask any questions, no midfield runners, no balls in behind them, no questions of their defenders or the goalkeeper so the game kid of drifted away from us at that stage.
“But I have to give credit to Barrow they stuck in there, when you play against a back five they switched play really well on us and they caused a few problems in the last 20 minutes.
“Huge credit to the players because we didn’t give them much information, we tried to concentrate on what we’re going to do, and I thought we got a lot of positives out of the first half.
“Myself and Joycey can’t take any credit for that because the players worked it out, we pressed from the front, we got another goal from pressing high up through a defensive mistake and that got us the three points.”
It’s back-to-back wins for Salford now, and Saturday will be another chance to make it three in a row in the Football League for the first time.
Carlisle United are the visitors at the weekend, KO 15:00 at The Peninsula Stadium.