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Tom Elliott celebrates his opening goal against Hartlepool in front of the North Stand at Salford CitySalford City produced a magnificent display to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at Walsall and pick up three points against Hartlepool United.

Tom Elliott set the tone for the afternoon with an early header to convert Brandon Thomas-Asante’s cross, his second goal in three games.

The Ammies had multiple opportunities to double the lead in the second half, but it wasn’t until Matty Willock’s 87th minute strike that they managed to make certain of the three points.

It hasn’t been a straightforward week with the withdrawals of Josh Morris and Tom King with injury, but Salford put that aside and dealt with it with a performance that pleased Gary Bowyer.

“Delighted with the win, for the players and the supporters.

“We started the game very well, it’s a wonderful ball in from Brandon and a great header from Tom again. I thought Brandon was immense today, he’s a real handful when he’s in that mood he’s nearly unplayable.

“Second half we kept them at bay, made them change shape several times in the game which is a compliment to us, then we had great opportunities to put the game to bed earlier which we didn’t quite capitalise on, whether that be the decision making, the execution, there was a wonderful save from their goalkeeper as well…

“But then delighted for Matty Willock because the way that he controlled it and passed it into the net was beautiful!”

The crucial thing now will be to follow-up with a result on Tuesday night when Rochdale visit The Peninsula Stadium, but the manager feels it was a case of a performance coming together rather than anything completely different.

“In terms of our performances and how we go about them, the way that we play, like I said last week the play between both boxes has been very good and I’ve enjoyed watching us, it’s just that final bit and that’s decision making and execution, but today we got that right.”

Tickets for Tuesday night’s game are available online in advance or from the Ticket Office during opening hours, and there is admission on the gate for the West Stand.

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