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Half Time Team Talk Helped Ammies Get Vital Win Over Altrincham

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Salford City’s John Johnston believes that the half-time words delivered in the dressing room on Saturday was important as they beat Altrincham in the National League North.

The visitors took the lead in the first half through Gary Jones before some strong words at half time from the management duo of Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson to urge the team onto victory.

It did the trick as the Ammies turned it around with goals from Sam Walker (penalty) and Simon Grand to keep the team owned by the Class of 92 on track for the playoffs.

He said: “In the first half we were poor.

“But to be fair the managers got us going at half time and in particular Simon Grand, he got us going as well and we had a good performance in the second half, it was a lot better than the first half.

“We have got to win against bottom of the league, which we did. We have got five games left this season and we need to win all five games.”

On Friday the former Crewe Alexandra man was recalled from his loan spell at Nantwich Town, where he had put in some excellent performances for the Northern Premier League side as they look for promotion to the National League North.

The game against the league’s basement club was his first start back at Moor Lane.

He said: “I wasn’t expecting the start, but Johnson and Morley have trusted me to play the game and I feel better and fitter and that is the main thing.

“I feel match fit and I did alright at Nantwich and the managers here always said they would recall him at some point this month but I didn’t expect it to be so soon.

“I got the shirt and hopefully I keep playing well for Salford City.”

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