Salford City ran out 3-0 winners away to Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday night, with all 3 goals coming from top scorer Matt Smith.

The Ammies created good chances throughout the game with the fullbacks particularly impressing from the wide areas, with the side also defending well to keep out a dangerous Doncaster side who have won their last 5 home games.

Neil Wood said, “I think we deserve to win in the end, I think when you come to these places that have a bigger crowd, they are always going to have a period in the game, which they did in parts of the second half.”

“I thought some of our football was really good, it was fluid going forward and defensively we looked the strongest that we’ve looked all season, so I’m pleased with the clean sheet the most and that we looked solid at the back and dealt with lots of their crosses coming into our box”.

Team celebrating – taken from Salford city on twitter

When Neil Wood was asked about Matt Smith he said: “I’ve said it ever since I came to this club, if we provide the right crosses and the right opportunities for Matt then he will score goals.

“It is important that he’s in the right position in the opponents box, and I think he did that tonight. We could have scored more. We had good chances even before the first goal and just before halftime.”

“All in all I think we are pleased to come away from home and win 3-0. It is a pleasing result.”

Salford have at times lacked consistent performances throughout the season so far.

When asked about his team’s consistency Neil Wood said: “Consistency is the hardest thing to find, we have learned a lot in good times and bad times this season, and to be fair to the lads they have taken everything on that we have thrown at them, so we are slowly making improvements.

“It’s nice to get a win like this because we are seeing certain elements of the game being played how we want it.”

“It’s great to get the win but the things that we have been working on and trying to improve, day after day and week after week are showing through. So for me and the coaching staff, it’s really important.”

Matt Smith has been in red-hot form for the Ammies as of late with the striker now up to 12 league goals for the season, already beating last season’s total of 11.

Taken from Salford City on twitter
Matt Smith picks up his first match ball in Salford City colours

Matt Smith has been the standout performer so far this season for the Ammies.

When asked about whether he was pleased with this performance he said: “Yes! really pleasing performance and result. They are in red-hot form and to put 3 goals past them is really pleasing. It shoots us up the table, closer to where we want to be. More pleasing was the overall performance and the manner in which we won the game.

Smith has now scored 10 in his last 9 games for the Ammies, and sits atop of the League Two scoring charts.

When he was asked what has inspired this form he said: “The quality around me. The service in the box, the crosses coming in, I am disappointed I didn’t get 4 with the ball Kelly N’Mai put in at the end.

“Players like me are only as good as the players around them. I’m not a player that is going to unlock defences with dribbling, it’s going to be getting on the end of crosses, so if the supply line is there it’s going to make me look good.”

It didn’t even take the Ammies two minutes to take the lead, when asked how important this start was Matt Smith said: “Silencing the crowd is important when you are away from home, the early goal gives you a foothold in the game and settles the nerves.

“We then found our way through the game, we navigated a tricky spell in the second half, dug deep and took our chances when they came”.

“Our third goal was a sucker punch to them, they had the lion’s share of the ball in the second half but the third goal seemed to have turned the tie, and we could have even scored a couple more.”

When asked how important the travelling away fans were to the side Matt Smith said: “Our fans were really important, they gave us the energy to come here on a Tuesday night in gritty weather, so that’s a testament to them. so I am glad we can send them home happy.”

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