SALFORD City joint-manager Anthony Johnson admitted he was devastated but proud after his side’s Emirates FA Cup journey came to a cruel end in their second round replay.

The part-timers dominated the first 90 minutes but were undone by extra-time goals from Scott Fenwick and Mikael Mandron as League Two Hartlepool won 2-0 at the Victoria Ground.

The Ammies, who knocked out Notts County in round one and drew 1-1 with Hartlepool at Moor Lane, miss out on a glamour home tie against Championship promotion-chasers Derby County but have been on their longest venture in the famous competition.

“I’m absolutely devastated,” said Johnson, who took over the Evo-Stik Premier Division side with Bernard Morley back in January.

“The players could not have put any more in. We’re proud of what the boys have done. Over 180 minutes we were the better side.

“We were not worried about coming here and enjoyed it. Their goal was a psychological blow as much as anything.

“We put in an unbelievable performance, as good as we’ve had here as managers.”

Fellow boss Bernard Morley echoed the thoughts of his colleague and believes the Ammies played ‘professional football’ at times against opponents four divisions above them in the league pyramid.

He said after the game: “We’re all gutted, myself, the fans, the committee, the chairwoman, the owners, we all feel the pain for the lads in there, they done so well, but I can walk out of here with my head up high as a part of what I’ve seen tonight.

“It was that good at times you’d be led into believing it was professional football, but the nature of the beast is that you got to score goals to win games and unfortunately for the lads we didn’t quite do that bit.

“We did everything in 90 minutes apart from put the ball in the back of the net.”

Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore also heaped praise on Salford and believes the non-league side gave a good account of themselves.

“It was hard and no good for my health,” he said. “Salford were brilliant – or were we poor? A bit of both.

“Their managers can be proud of their side and be gutted they didn’t win.

“They put some past the post and over the bar but they had too much possession for a non-league side and it took a long time for us to get going.”

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