Gary Bowyer felt it was a job well done as Salford City kept their interest in the Papa John’s Trophy alive with a 5-3 win against Leeds United Under-21s.
Despite falling behind to the young Whites, the Ammies mounted an impressive comeback to level through Brandon Thomas-Asante, then take the lead when Ibou Touray headed in his 10th club goal.
Sam Greenwood equalised for the visitors, but Aramide Oteh restored the 2020 winners’ lead before the break with his first goal for Salford.
Having been in good form in October, Thomas-Asante doubled his tally with a head before the hour mark, then Lewis Bate responded with a goal back for Leeds before The Ammies scored their fifth; a goal up for debate between Thomas-Asante and Jordan Turnbull.
Either way it could be an important goal as Salford wait a week now for Tranmere Rovers versus Oldham Athletic to confirm who will qualify for the knockout stages. The Gaffer commented:
“It’s out of our control that one, if the result goes for us we’re through to the next round and we’ll pick it up from there.
“I thought it was a really entertaining game obviously for the neutral with the scoreline. I think first and foremost it was really pleasing to watch the game because of how Leeds came and played, their work rate, the way they go about it.
“We’ve scored some goals, one or two others have chipped in as well from a couple of set pieces which is always pleasing so pleased with the night’s work.”
As things stand Salford are behind Oldham on goal difference, and need The Latics to lose by two goals at Prenton Park to secure progression. If Oldham lose by one goal, and goal difference it tied, then Salford need Oldham to score no more than once to qualify on Goals Scored.