Salford City’s brilliant start to 2019 continued with a 2-0 win in the Buildbase FA Trophy Second Round against Dagenham & Redbridge.
It’s not all too long ago that The Daggers were the first side to take three points from The Peninsula Stadium in The National League, but this time they were left out of the Trophy after goals from Devante Rodney and Mani Dieseruvwe.
There were eight changes to The Ammies side that beat Leyton Orient 3-0 last weekend, while The Daggers only had a couple to the side that won 2-1 in December, and Graham Alexander was pleased with the performance that his side put in.
“We’ve already had two extremely difficult games against Dagenham, and one obviously just before Christmas which they beat us in, and I think apart from the one lad Wilkinson up front they’ve only made one change so we knew it was going to be a tough game for us going into today.
“I think they’ve been the form team in December and January so we’re delighted with obviously the win, but the performance as well. We obviously changed the team quite a lot, there was only three lads in Hogan, Piergianni and Nolan that played on Saturday, but we know we’ve got other good players in the squad and I think they showed a real good approach to the game.
“Some lads that haven’t had much time around the first team at all this season came into the team and I think they’ve given us food for thought going forward so I’m delighted with everyone and they deserved the clean sheet as well to follow on from the previous two in the league.
“The players, and especially Max in goal, that will be important for them so it’s been a good day and we look forward to the draw.”
Rodney and Dieseruvwe were on the scoresheet in the First Round against Gateshead, and the duo repeated the trick this afternoon again.
“I thought the goals we scored were good, it’s great for the two strikers Mani and Devante to get on the scoresheet again, I think it’s important that they all keep chipping in with goals but the all-round effort from the players was good, the effort, the commitment which we have focused on, it’s getting back to good habits which we’ve had all season.”
One of those changes was recent loan signing Joe Muscatt, signed on Friday, from Bolton Wanderers. The former Tottenham Hotspur academy player was put straight into the side, and Alexander is hopeful that there’s more to come from him.
“We’ve known about Joe for a while, we recognised the talents that Joe’s got as well and he can play right and left back; we’ve seen him playing at left back in the games we’ve watched but he’s comfortable on both feet, a very talented player on the ball, he knows his position so we’ve got him in this week and thrown him straight in against a good team and I thought he’s done really well
“It’s a good start for him, getting into the squad, the other players have seen what he can bring to the team and I think he’ll improve as he goes along.”
The 20-year-old scored twice off the bench in the last round against Gateshead, and says he was delighted to find the back of the net again today.