A trio of first half goals were enough for Salford City to overcome Maidenhead United 3-0 at The Peninsula Stadium.
Mani Dieseruvwe and Ibou Touray both scored their second league goals of the season before Adam Rooney’s penalty on the stroke of half time.
Chances were fewer and far between in the second half, but Salford kept The Magpies well at arm’s length to hang on for an eighth win in nine and a 20th clean sheet of the season.
As the early kick-off, three points were important to keep the pressure on the rest of the pack, and Graham Alexander was pleased with how his side performed.
“We deserved the win, delighted to win 3-0, score the three goals and keep a clean sheet.
“I felt we just took our foot off the pedal a bit in the second half, I thought we could have gone for it a little bit more, but it was important that we won the game.
“The players have done superb over the last few games, well over the course of the season, and after the dip we had to come back in this sort of style with momentum is every credit to them.
“We haven’t got that many chances now so it was important that we keep winning and that was the main focus today, and we’ve done that.”
The Ammies’ top scorer scored his 21st league goal of the season from the penalty spot after Maidenhead struggled to clear their lines from a corner.
He welcomed his third goal in two, but hailed the importance of the three points.
“The main thing was to get the three points in the early kick off today, and try to put pressure on those around us.
“It was similar to the game down there where we got a couple of early goals, and although we didn’t play brilliant stuff we got the important goals and then the second half wasn’t a great spectacle, but it was mainly about keeping the clean sheet.”
Full-back Touray only scored his first Salford goal at Barrow, and his first home goal came this afternoon as he arrived at the back post to convert Rooney’s cross. The 24-year-old attributes a change in position to more goalscoring opportunities and was pleased to get back on the score sheet.
“It’s good, obviously I’m playing a bit higher in the wing back position so I’m probably more likely to get in the box and stuff, but I’m happy to get the goal at home.
“I thought we started well, started nice and fast so obviously the timings of the goals were nice, Mani scored nice and early then I scored at at good time as well at a time before they could get back into the game. A shame we couldn’t score in the second half but we still got the three points.”
Next up is the Easter weekend double-header of Boreham Wood on Friday, before we return to The Peninsula Stadium for the final home league game of the season against AFC Fylde.