Am­mies stick knife into the Dag­gers

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHAR­LIE GRE­GORY

GRA­HAM Alexan­der praised his play­ers af­ter a weak­ened Sal­ford City side de­feated Da­gen­ham and Red­bridge 2-0 in the sec­ond round of the FA Tro­phy at the Penin­sula Sta­dium.

The Am­mies made eight changes to the team that won at Ley­ton Ori­ent last week­end, yet still over­came a full-strength Da­gen­ham side.

Debu­tant Kieran Glynn cap­i­talised on a de­fen­sive er­ror and darted on a mazy run be­fore tee­ing up De­vante Rod­ney to open the scor­ing be­fore the in­ter­val – adding to his two goals in the pre­vi­ous round.

The home side were soon in the as­cen­dency, and dou­bled their ad­van­tage late on when Danny Lloyd lifted an en­tic­ing cross to­wards sub­sti­tute Mani Dieseru­vwe, who con­verted to se­cure a place in the third round.

Alexan­der said: “I’m de­lighted. Some lads that haven’t had game time this sea­son came into the team and have given us food for thought go­ing for­ward.

“It was im­por­tant that we showed the qual­i­ties to go and win the game, and they did that.

“Go­ing into this stage of the sea­son, we need as many play­ers fit and fir­ing as pos­si­ble, so wins like this will only help us im­prove that.

“We just want to win any game we play, you can’t turn the win­ning men­tal­ity on and off. There’s still lots of im­prove­ment to be made but we’re keen to con­tinue the run of form we’ve been on since the turn of the year.”

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