Salford City will return to Wembley Stadium in April to take on Portsmouth in the Leasing.com Trophy Final!
James Wilson’s penalty was the winner in a 6-5 shootout win at Newport County on Wednesday night, after the game ended 0-0 between the two League 2 sides.
It marks another significant moment in Salford’s history, reaching the Final of the competition for the first time in our debut in the Leasing.com Trophy.
Manager Graham Alexander was chuffed for the supporters, and his players for keeping their composure throughout.
“I don’t think you’d be human if you weren’t feeling the emotion of the occasion going into penalties but it’s about controlling those emotions and I thought the players did that exceptionally well going into a hard-fought game.
“It was difficult to get real quality on the pitch for either team, it was about doing the basics well, not making mistakes, trying to create something from when you had the possession in the attacking third.
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“We did talk about the possibility of it going to penalties and it was about the players going up and having the courage to do what they did and every credit to them, they were superb.
“For me if a penalty goes over the line it’s a good penalty, and that, so we took six good penalties.
“Roons I thought set the standard, I had his name straight down so he was always going to take one, I asked him what number he wanted to go to because I know he missed one in the semi-final, he said he’d take the first one so that was enough for me.
“That for me showed the courage to go up there, do that, because all his team mates know what happened last year and I thought that gave the rest of the boys confidence to go on and do what they did.”
There is now more time to prepare for this visit to the capital than there was last season for the play-off final, but that also means more games.
The Ammies still have 12 league games to play this season with the play-offs not out of sight or reach just yet, and the Gaffer says maintaining focus on that is as important.
“We can’t just think about this final now, we have to concentrate on Colchester on Saturday, it’s a difficult game against a very good opponent but we’ve still got ambitions in the league as well, so we know we have to get on a winning run soon and if we can start that Saturday then that’s great.
“You’ve got to take confidence from winning games and I think we’ve been in relatively good form to be fair over the last six or seven games, and you’ve seen tonight we’ve changed the team tonight and they’ve all come in and shown what they can do, and that’s a healthy, competitive squad that will help us in the run-in.”
Salford are back at The Peninsula Stadium on Saturday for our Mind match day against Colchester United. Tickets are available from the ticket office on Friday and Saturday morning, or on the gate for the West Stand.
Ticket and travel information for the Leasing.com Trophy will be announced and confirmed in due course.