Salford City picked up a first win on the road in the EFL after a dominant performance at The Banks’s Stadium yielded a 3-0 win against in-form Walsall.
Luke Armstrong and Jake Jervis scored their first goals for the club before Ibou Touray scored an unstoppable shot to complete the victory.
Walsall’s four-game winning streak came to an end with a whimper as Kyle Letheren was equal to all the hosts could throw at him; the best opportunity for Josh Gordon being kept out by the Welshman.
For the Ammies though it’s a much-welcomed third win of the season and manager Graham Alexander was delighted for the players.
“There’s things we can always improve on but it’s a performance that gave great credit to the players’ mentality.
“We played really well in spells, we managed our game much better at times, we had good quality up front across those positions to create the chances and take the chances, and a clean sheet is always welcome.
“Coming into this game, following on our previous games and results against a team that’s really in form, every credit to the players, I thought they were excellent today and we just need to follow it up.
“I took stock earlier in the week about where we were, we just come into the Football League and we had to really start building for the future and it’s a great building block for the future but it was just good to see the players making good decisions, trusting each other with the ball, and when it come down to defending the goal they did it exceptionally well.”
Armstrong’s first came after good work by Craig Conway to keep the ball in play, and it was a composed finish into the bottom right-hand corner. 34-year-old Conway joined the club on a short-term deal this week, and Alexander was happy with his contribution.
“Craig’s been training with us for a couple of weeks now and we nearly got him signed before last weekend but unfortunately couldn’t get it done in time, so he’s been training with us and we’ve seen his quality from day one.
“It was excellent to see him come in, he’s a great lad, he’s desperate to play football and he’s got quality as you saw.
“He’s not match fit yet because he hasn’t played a lot of games for quite a while but we think we can help him get that match fitness back, and you see the quality on the ball, he makes good decisions, he looks after the ball really well and he’s intelligent on the defensive side of the game as well.
“I thought the whole team responded to the quality that people like him bought to the team, and we’ve got a few players still getting up to match fitness; Luke, that was only his second game, Jake Jervis hasn’t played a lot of games for a long while, we’re quite excited about what these lads can bring for us.
“We want to settle everything down, decide on a way of playing and give the players the best chance to play well and like I say, today was an excellent start for us.”