The latest win came at Frickley Athletic on Saturday and I was very pleased with the performance the lads put in. It was very professional and they worked hard on a difficult pitch at a ground that is renowned for being a tough place to win.
We made several chances on top of the ones we took and could have won by more than two. We were also very efficient at the back and that was pleasing to see. We didn’t really give them any chances to get back in the game.
Adam Tong went out on a high with another solid display at the back and I brought him off five minutes from the end to give the fans a chance to say goodbye to him.
Tongy has been a well-liked member of the squad and the way the players formed a guard of honour for him at the end was proof of his popularity in the dressing room.
We wish him all the best in Australia and with a bit of luck he can really make a go of his new life down under.
I brought Mark Ayres on for Tongy to give him an introduction to FC United and he will be a good addition for us. Ayresy looked a bit different from how I remembered him and I couldn’t put my finger on it until we got off the coach and he was rushed to hospital. The lad had infected wisdom teeth and had to have an operation - his jaw was really swollen so he looked different to the last time I’d seen him.
He didn’t make a fuss as he’s a typical Salford lad who just gets on with it.
He got discharged on Tuesday so, hopefully, he could be in line to make his first start today. He is a good lad who gives his all and won’t let you down.
Another new signing, Angelos Tsiaklis, is still waiting for international clearance because his registration was held by Wrexham, so he will be chomping at the bit. He has looked really good in training and we hope to get him involved competitively soon.
The new blood adds to competition for places and sharpens the squad up at a crucial time in the season.
We’re doing well at the moment because the hard work in training is being taken onto the field on match days. It’s really important this attitude and effort continues as we look to climb the table in the last third of the season.
North Ferriby will be a challenge for us today. They are 10 points ahead of us on equal games and they have beaten some decent sides so far.
They have had a couple of top results and we will need to be on our game to make it five wins in a row today.
We beat them in the FA Cup back in September and they got revenge in the league a month later. But I thought we were the better side on both occasions, even though the matches were very tight.
If we keep doing what we have been doing of late, then we won’t have a problem today.