Boss happy as Am­mies make a point

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHAR­LIE GRE­GORY

GRA­HAM Alexan­der praised the be­lief of his Sal­ford City play­ers as they came from be­hind to sal­vage a point in a 1-1 draw with Brad­ford City at Val­ley Pa­rade.

In front of 14,642 spec­ta­tors – the largest crowd the Am­mies have ever en­ter­tained – the pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Ban­tams dom­i­nated a busy open­ing pe­riod with Kelvin Mel­lor spurn­ing a glo­ri­ous chance, Dy­lan Con­nolly strik­ing the post and Chris Neal thwart­ing Aramide Oteh.

De­spite the fi­nal touch al­lud­ing Brad­ford in the first half, the home side took only eight min­utes from the restart to take the lead; Harry Pritchard slot­ting a Con­nolly cross past Neal af­ter smart work by Mel­lor.

How­ever, Alexan­der’s side grad­u­ally grew into the tie and their in­tent was re­warded af­ter scin­til­lat­ing skill and per­sis­tence from Bran­don ThomasAsan­te; the 20-year-old mark­ing his sec­ond start for the club by tee­ing up Adam Rooney to notch the equaliser.

The Sal­ford chief said: “Ev­ery credit to the play­ers be­cause it’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to turn a re­sult around, es­pe­cially when you go 1-0 down at a place like this.

“First half we sat and ad­mired them; we were sec­ond best in our minds be­fore any­thing else. We’ve got good play­ers and qual­ity, and we re­minded them of that at half time.

“We’re here for a spe­cific rea­son, not just to look at the big stand, roll over and die, [but] to com­pete and show that we’re a good foot­ball team with am­bi­tions to play at even big­ger venues than this in the fu­ture.”

Sal­ford scorer Adam Rooney

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