Salford City ended the 2020-21 campaign on a bittersweet high with a 3-0 win against Leyton Orient.
Robbie Gotts opened the scoring late in the first half before Brandon Thomas-Asante’s second half brace earned The Ammies a first home win against Orient.
However despite Barrow winning a point at Exeter City, Forest Green Rovers managed all three at Oldham Athletic to leave Salford in eighth, two points short of the top seven.
A good result to end on, as Gary Bowyer acknowledged afterwards, and he praised the efforts and contributions of the players.
“First and foremost I’ve got to congratulate the team on a fantastic performance, I thought the energy levels were sky high in the way that we pressed and the way that we went about it was terrific.
“We missed the penalty which didn’t set us back, the lads stayed on the front foot and we scored a good goal if you like because we’ve been on about him, Gottsy, to shoot and it got a bit of a bobble but we’ve been encouraging him to do that so delighted for him because he’s been terrific since I’ve been here as well, he’s represented Leeds United very well in terms of how he’s conducted himself and his performances so he’s going back to Leeds United on a high and I’m delighted for him.
“Half time came and the score got put through to us what was happening not far from here and we challenged the players to produce that performance again and more, and we talked about professional pride and I thought they were magnificent second half, to go and score the goals that we did and miss chances as well. Obviously we’re disappointed that one or two performances didn’t go our way.
“It goes hand in hand for Brandon when he’s at that level of energy and he’s pressing and working as hard as he does, the goals will come for him and we’ve been saying that to him and delighted today that he’s got two. It’s something for him to go through the summer and build on.”
The 49-year-old’s impact has been unsurmountable since arriving from Derby, supported by a Manager of the Month award in April. To have come so close is testament to him, but he wouldn’t be drawn on what the future holds…
“What’s next is Derby County Under-23s are away at Man United Under-23s and I’ll be there. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and everyone’s been fantastic with me, the players, staff, all the support staff here as well and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it.”