Salford City moved up to 11th in Sky Bet League Two with a 2-0 win against Oldham Athletic at The Peninsula Stadium.
In blustery conditions as Storm Arwen passed through the North West, the Ammies controlled the first half after Davis Keillor-Dunn’s early sighter for Oldham and took the lead on the stroke of half time when Matthew Lund headed in a Josh Morris cross.
The visitors came close to levelling in the second half when substitute Jack Stobbs hit the bar. But almost immediately after Salford doubled their advantage when a long Donald Love throw-in was flicked on by Jordan Turnbull, with Brandon Thomas-Asante alert to fire in the second from close range and put the contest to bed.
Manager Gary Bowyer felt the character from Tuesday’s late draw carried through as his side finished November unbeaten in six games, with two wins and a draw in the last eight days.
“It was terrible conditions for both sides and it was very difficult to get the ball down and play, but I think the spirit that we showed again from the other night, down to nine men and getting a draw, carried over to today.
“We’re delighted with the three points and to end the week and get seven out of nine is fantastic.”
Opening goalscorer Lund was one of three changes from the Bristol Rovers draw as he returned from suspension, and he made it two goals in two games as he guided in Morris’ cross after a clever free kick on the right that involved Liam Shephard too.
The second also came from a dead-ball situation as Love’s long throw-in was met by Turnbull to glance the ball into the middle where, in space and with time, Thomas-Asante bagged his second goal of the week with a clinical strike.
“It was a great time to score, right on half time. Lundy, we know why we’ve brought him into the Club and we’ve seen that this week away at Harrogate then at home today, he has this fantastic ability to get in at the right time and score a goal.
“Just before half time it was a good platform for us for the second half, then the second goal is a great throw-in, a great flick on and a great finish so a well worked goal.
“To score from two set plays it shows credit to the players because they put the time in yesterday in training.”
Salford jump five places into the top half for the first time since the first week of the season, but now attentions turn to next week’s Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie against Chesterfield.