A headed goal from Jordan Turnbull delivered a Christmas gift of three points as Salford City beat Stevenage 1-0 at The Peninsula Stadium.
The centre-back rose highest to get on the end of Ash Hunter’s 35th minute free-kick and nod home what would turn out to be the winner.
Both sides created a number of chances with Conor McAleny going close for Salford in the 11th minute with a powerful shot that was parried away by Adam Smith, while Boro’s top scorer Elliott List and former Ammie Bruno Andrade both threatened.
The Portuguese had the best chance to equalise when he hit a dipping shot from the edge of the area that forced Tom King into a fine save midway through the half, then in injury time Salford had two chances to put the game to bed but they both broke down.
Ultimately though they didn’t matter as 1-0 was enough to secure three points, and move Salford up to 13th in the table.
“We’re delighted with the result,” said Gary Bowyer afterwards, “a clean sheet is always pleasing, but I thought the manner in which we went about it in the first half was ever so good, we ended up creating some very good opportunities and were caught out once or twice as well but overall I thought the way that we played was back towards something like we’ve been playing.
“I think both teams to be fair had several chances and first half it could have been any score. First half the only disappointment is that we’ve not scored more, and second half on the counter, that final ball in the final third, but we’re delighted to get the win.
“I thought the centre halves today were really good both in possession and defending, and I think it is a bonus when you’ve got the defenders contributing with goals. The delivery was good, and the timing of it, I’m really pleased for Jordan.”
Today’s game was one of just four games in League Two that wasn’t postponed due to the rising number of Covid cases, but the Manager feels it didn’t have an effect on preparations,
“It is what it is we just get on with it, the players have got a responsibility to look after themselves the best they can away from here, the protocols we have to follow are in place and from the EFL we await further instruction, Next week we’ll see where it takes us but all we said to the players was concentrate on the football.”
Our next game is due to be away at Port Vale on Boxing Day, followed by back-to-back home games against Carlisle United and Tranmere Rovers to take us into the New Year. Tickets for both home games can be purchased online now.