Boss happy as Ammies make a point
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