Salford City delivered a three-point treat in the form of a 2-0 win against Oldham Athletic at The Peninsula Stadium.
Goals in either half from James Wilson and Ash Hunter secured The Ammies’ first home victory against The Latics.
Wilson equalled Sam Madeley’s record of scoring in five consecutive home games, set back in 2014-15, converting from close range after good work by Brandon Thomas-Asante on the right.
Harry Kewell’s Oldham didn’t create much themselves, and the closest they went to a response was through Callum Whelan who dragged an effort past the far post under pressure from Vaclav Hladky.
With numbers pushing forward for the visitors more space opened up at the back, and Hunter finished off a move involving Thomas-Asante and Ian Henderson to wrap up the win.
It was a first game against his former club for interim Head Coach Paul Scholes, but he was happy with three points which, although don’t directly lift Salford into the play-offs, puts The Ammies within touching distance of the top three with a game in hand.
“Yeah really pleased, we have to be. I thought Oldham made it difficult for us at times, I thought we started the game really well, could have had a couple of goals from really good play, didn’t quite score as we would have liked, ended up with a scrappy goal but second half I thought we looked strong, came on second half strong and probably deserved the win.
“First 15 minutes I thought we created really good chances from really good play from Willo and Ash, I thought they were a real threat all game, and then the second goal Ash Hunter he’s capable of that.
“I’ve said to him he needs to be scoring 14-15 goals in this league to contribute. He’s got the ability to do it, he’s missed two really good chances in the first half so second half I’m glad he scored.
“I thought the whole team worked really hard and defended well from the front. Henderson was brilliant, his energy was sensational, his organisation of the people around him as well.
“We gave a couple of chances away which wasn’t ideal, Whelan had a chance which would have made it 1-1 so that would have been difficult but I think in all very happy with a clean sheet, I thought we defended well, limited them to minimal chances and 2-0 is a good win.”
Next up for the Ammies is a mid-week visit to Cambridge United for an earlier 7pm kick-off.