Salford City picked up a first win of 2021 away at Scunthorpe United thanks to Ian Henderson’s late winner.
The 35-year-old seized upon a communication mishap in the Scunthorpe defence in the 89th minute to round Mark Howard and dispatch into an empty net.
Chances were limited in plunging temperatures in Lincolnshire, with a Henderson chance in the first half being saved before a second half dink by Ash Hunter was cleared from off the line by debutant George Taft.
However manager Richie Wellens was pleased with a typical away performance that puts The Ammies into the League Two play-offs.
“It was a good away performance in terms of our organisation, our shape out of ball, and I can’t really remember Vac having, except one at the end with about 10 minutes to go, but I can’t really remember him having a save to make and these have been decent of recent times.
“On the ball we should be scoring a few more, the amount of chances, the amount of opportunities we got to slide someone in, the weight of the pass or the angle of the pass was just slightly wrong or we overhit it, their lad makes a good clearance off the line for the Ash Hunter one, we had numerous opportunities to counter attack…
“A tough night, the pitch was quite crispy in freezing conditions, I thought Henderson was the focal point for our performance, his work rate, Tylor Golden come in and was outstanding so really pleased for everyone.”
On Henderson, scoring for the first time since November, Wellens added:
“He’s a goalscorer, I’ve been playing him a little bit out of position because of the dynamics of what we’ve got in our squad. He’s proven, and he’s one of them I trust him wherever I put him.
“He’s just such a good professional, hence he’s had such a good career and he’s still probably one of the fittest players we’ve got at the ripe old age of 35.”
Next up for Salford is another away game, this time at Newport County where a win could see us leapfrog The Exiles.