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Tom Elliott celebrates his opening goal against Hartlepool in front of the North Stand at Salford CityTom Elliott opened the scoring for The Ammies as Salford walked away with all three points against Hartlepool.

The number nine got Salford off to a flying start, netting with a well-placed header inside three minutes. After some good work from Brandon Thomas-Asante down the right found, the returning forward found space to put the ball on a plate for Elliott who outmuscled the defender to nod the ball past Pools keeper Ben Killip.

“We needed that to be honest, I think last week we let ourselves down against Walsall. It was a big performance and a statement to the league that we’re here to stay. We want to win the league and everyone knows we want to win the league.

“We did it against Colchester, we scored after 10 minutes and today we did it again. When we start the games quick no one can live with us. It was a foreign performance last week and we wanted to set that right.”

In complete contrast to last week’s start away at Walsall, Salford settled in with their one-goal lead with the feeling they would add more. Eventually, The Ammies did double their lead and sealed the win five minutes from time.

This time Elliott turned provider, his aerial ability coming in handy from a Salford long throw. Challenged by a combination of Hartlepool defenders he headed the ball to the edge where substitute Matty Willock was waiting to dispatch calmly.

“Once we went ahead, we didn’t stop, we were chasing that second goal and thankfully we made it 2-0 so I’m buzzing for the boys – especially Matty getting his goal coming on.”

Tom Elliott stretches to meet a diving header to open the scoring against HartlepoolThat makes it two goals and two assists in three games for Elliott, who is enjoying his football in a great vein of form. Combining well with the overload of forwards Salford have on offer, he is becoming the focal point of the attacking threat, giving his side an added presence in the final third.

“Since I’ve come to Salford I’ve had a hard time with injuries, being in and out of the team. I had my two operations last year and the club have been nothing but good to me. I’ve had to put the work in myself but I’m trying to pay them back now with my performances and hope my good run will continue.”

After putting in an impressive shift for his team, Elliott came off with a knock just before the final whistle but stresses it is nothing serious. Now, he insists the challenge is achieving back-to-back wins with a good chance to do so at home to Rochdale on Tuesday. For him and the rest of the squad, they will take every game as it comes;

“We know what we can do with such a strong team. The key is to do the same on Tuesday with another three points and then onto Saturday. We want to attack every team no matter what position they are in the table, our goal is to win every game we can and play our own game.”

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