Salford City’s goalscorer Matt Smith as well as manager Gary Bowyer weighed in on their victory in some post-match interviews.
The manager first commented on number ten Ashley Hunter’s performance, with the winger playing a large part in Salford City winning their penalty in the second half.
Bowyer said: “I think we saw more from everybody [in the second half], Ash Hunter as well. We know what he can do and we know the delivery that he’s got and its up to him to consistently perform and deliver for us.”
Especially when we’ve got the strike force that we’ve got at this current moment in time.”
The Ammies suffered a slow start to the game, going 1-0 down after 34 minutes but were drastically improved in the second half, when asked what was said at half time, Bowyer said:
“Not to be so slow and to quicken up the game, quicken up the tempo of what we did. [Also] play on the front foot a bit more and be a bit more aggressive.”
In spite of the victory for Salford, Walsall’s goal came from a poorly defended set piece, a clearly frustrating one to concede for the manager, as he said:
“It’s never good conceding, and like you say [with] the manner of the goal we’ve got to be better and defend it,”
We’ll look on that, we’ll reflect on that, well go through it on Monday and go from there.”
Walsall Town’s manager, Michael Flynn claimed after the game that his team were the better side, Bowyer avoided any comment on that statement saying:
“I don’t concern myself with what other people say about us or what their views are, I’ve just got to concentrate on what we do.”
Finally, Gary commented on the secret behind the side’s great goalscoring form, as Salford City have scored seven goals in their last two home games:
“I think we’ve been clinical, we’ve created loads of chances throughout the course of the season, their [the players] execution has been a lot better.”
We also managed to speak to the scorer of Salford’s first goal, Matt Smith, who extended his goal tally for the season to four.
Smith spoke on how important Salford’s unbeaten run could be for their playoff hopes towards the end of the season:
“Really important, we’ve got to win the majority of the last remaining games,”
…confidence is such a big thing in football and I think we’re probably the one team that teams don’t want to play at the minute given that we’re unbeaten in the last nine games.”
He also spoke about how the humid weather conditions made it difficult to play in for the squad, saying:
“The conditions were great for the fans and the crowd, but difficult to play in… it was a bit slow, a bit lethargic at times in the first half.”
He also touched on the second half improvement from his side, saying:
“Come the second half we were dropping on the seconds [and] we could’ve scored a few more probably, I thought our quality showed.”