Salford City came from behind to win for the first time in the EFL, with Ryan Watson’s 86th minute winner capping off a successful first visit to Swindon Town.
Stephen Kelly’s inch-perfect corner fell just out of reach from Jojo Wollacott in the Town goal and into the path of Watson, who headed into the gaping goal to the delight of the travelling fans.
The attacking midfielder came close early in the game and was key in creating chances for the Ammies alongside his midfield partner, who assisted his winner. This important away win gives Watson and the boys a huge boost going into more tough fixtures in the coming weeks.
“I’m buzzing, to be honest, all the lads are made up after that. It was a massive win for us and a massive three points, these [Swindon] have been flying the last few weeks and to come here and obviously be 1-0 down it showed great character to come back.
“I couldn’t miss really, it was a great ball in and luckily I managed to get my head on it and it gave us the three points so I’m made up!”
After a goalless first half, it was the hosts that took the lead just after the break. A deep corner found the head of Harry McKirdy who nodded Swindon ahead giving the Ammies an uphill task to overturn the deficit.
The comeback was launched just 10 minutes later as Liam Shephard made it two goals in two with another instinctive finish, latching on the end of Ash Hunter’s low cross. Salford left it late to complete the comeback but Watson says the three points keeps the momentum going and the squad in high spirits.
“It’s a fair result, we created a lot of good chances and had stuff cleared off the line. Hitting the post in the first half was obviously a bit frustrating but we just kept creating. One thing the Gaffer said at half time was just keep playing and the chances would come.
“We just keep talking about belief because, like I say, we want to get promoted and get in the play-off positions so we have to believe we can and I think we showed that today.”
The 2-1 win at The County Ground rounds off an unbeaten February, a run of form that has seen Gary Bowyer’s side close the gap on the teams ahead, like Swindon who have now slipped to seventh. The Ammies now sit six points off the play-off spots and are in touching distance with 14 games left to play.
“We have to keep building. It’s been a bit frustrating with a few games being called off recently, that was two weeks without a game so the boys have been brilliant in training to keep focused and keep the goal in mind.”
“That stat, I don’t think anyone knew but it’s an amazing stat and I’m proud to be a part of it with all the lads today.”
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