Brandon Thomas-Asante scored his first goal since January as Salford City completed the league double over Stevenage.
An interesting barometer in terms of how much Salford have evolved since the sides met at the start of August, and a dogged performance proved that Salford have learned how to win as necessary.
The impending arrival of Storm Dennis meant this was always going to be a tough game with at least a tight, and perhaps even unorthodox, outcome.
However after taking the lead Salford dug in for a third win in four away games, and Graham Alexander seemed pleased to see his side capitalise on a chance when so many haven’t been take in recent games.
“The pitch, to be fair was half decent, but it was the wind that was the biggest issue.
“I thought the standout piece of quality in the game was our goal – it was a brilliant goal – and then the endeavour and the commitment of the players was excellent to get a clean sheet on a really difficult day.
“They put us under a lot of pressure with a lot of balls coming into our box, they’re a big team, but the players handled it really well and it’s a great three points for us.”
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After the hosts had started to get some possession together with the wind in their favour, it was The Ammies who took the lead when Ibou Touray placed a perfect cross onto the head of Thomas-Asante, whose flicked header beat Paul Farman.
In truth there was little else that seriously troubled either goalkeeper, and Salford held out for a third clean sheet in five games.
“It seems bizarre that we’ve won today considering the chances we’ve created in the previous two games.
“That’s the way football is; I spoke about that the other day, it’s the reality of football sometimes and you’ve got to have that bit of quality to put it into the net, which we did today.
“It was a brilliant build-up, a great cross and a fantastic header from Brandon and then we saw the other side of the game where we had to dig in.
“When you’re 1-0 up away from home, the home team are always going to commit more bodies forward and gamble and keep testing you, but the players dealt with it fantastically well.”