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The Ammies completed their first comeback at the Peninsula Stadium since joining the football league, coming from a goal down to beat Walsall 2-1.

The visitors took the lead in the first half but the Ammies reacted quickly with goals from Matt Smith and Ryan Watson either side of the break securing all three points and extending the unbeaten run to nine games.

It was a battle all over the park against a tough Walsall side who themselves were unbeaten in six going into the game. They would perhaps be hard done by going in at the break level but Salford’s second-half dominance was no match for the Saddlers. Goalscorer Matt Smith reflects on an exciting afternoon;

“It was lovely to watch I think but it was tough conditions out there, obviously really hot. It was a really hard-fought victory, they’re a very physical side but I thought we were more than a match for that side of the game.

“In spells, it maybe wasn’t our best performance this season but I thought we showed a lot of grit and determination to get the win.

“That’s what will determine our season, how well we can bounce back from adversity and obviously going a goal down was disappointing but we didn’t let that knock us too much. We responded well and I thought in the second half we were well worthy of the three points.”

They say scoring just before the break is the perfect time to score and the in-form Smith fired the Ammies level at just the right time. Latching onto a knockdown from Jordan Turnbull, Smith could hardly miss when the ball kindly presented itself at close range and calmly dispatched past Jack Rose on his right foot.

The atmospheric Walsall end behind the goal was lively until that point, the forward doing his best to silence the travelling support in the only way he knows how. That makes it four goals in his last four games at The Peninsula, the experienced striker is making it a habit to find the net on home soil.

“We got on the front foot a bit more and started landing on second balls a bit better than we did in the first half, getting some bodies closer to me and Brandon which was good. The chances came and maybe we could’ve had a few more on another day.

“I’m not too bothered who scores the goals as long as we win, ultimately. We’ve got nine games left and we’ll have to win most of them to make the best of it, that’s nine unbeaten now so we have to keep this run going.

“I was getting called fat which is never nice but one way to shut them up is to score so I was glad to see that go in.”

Next up, Salford welcome Crawley Town on Tuesday night hoping to make it double figures without a loss. It’s Footy for a Fiver with all tickets £5 and Under-16s £2, click here for more information.