Salford City moved up to second in the National League with a 3-0 win against Hartlepool United at The Peninsula Stadium.
Both teams boasted nine game unbeaten records going into the tie, and it was the second half before Danny Lloyd opened the scoring. Adam Rooney and Tom Walker scored another two goals in the next 12 minutes to seal the win.
“It was a big win for us, they’re a good team,” said Graham Alexander.
“I must give the players massive credit for the work ethic shown to put them under pressure from the front, and it was backed up all over the pitch.
“We got the opportunities to score and we were pretty lethal in front of goal, I know Tom’s hit the bar twice in the first half with two fantastic efforts but from not loads of chances we were quite ruthless in front of goal.”
Lloyd broke the deadlock shortly after the hour mark, heading in Danny Whitehead’s pin point cross into the area; his first goal from open play for Salford:
“Very good, the fact it’s a header is a bit of a cliche really isn’t it, can’t score with my feet but I can score with my head!” said the former Stockport County winger.
“To be fair I’ve scored quite a few over the years, but I’ll take it how it comes!”
Rooney ended a run of three games without a game when he headed in Walker’s corner, before Walker completed the scoring himself with his fourth goal in five games.
Salford return to action away at Maidenhead United on Saturday.