Salford boss Gary Bowyer hails ‘richly deserved’ victory at Colchester
Salford coach Gary Bowyer said his side’s impressive 2-0 victory at Colchester was “richly deserved” as they recorded their first away victory of the League Two season.
Brandon Thomas-Asante scored from close range to give the Ammies a 10th-minute lead at a soggy JobServe community stadium after goalkeeper Shamal George failed to hold back Ash Hunter’s shot.
And the visitors rightly doubled their advantage in the 25th minute thanks to Tom Elliott, who headed for Liam Shephard’s delivery.
Thomas-Asante and Jason Lowe also touched the woodwork in the first half, while Ashley Eastham had an effort ruled out, with Salford taking the win despite Thomas-Asante being fired in the 88th minute after getting a second caution.
Bowyer said: “I think it was well deserved.
“We were exceptional in the first half and we hit the wood twice.
“We met another goalie who is the man of the match for them and you start wondering for a split second, but then we scored two fabulous goals, to be perfectly honest.
“We scored a great third from a corner where the referee fouled – I just saw him and it wasn’t a foul.
“Fortunately, that one didn’t bite us.
“I was really happy with the way they were doing it in the first half and in the second half we showed the resilience, character and determination to withstand pressure from Colchester.
“They have good players so we knew they would come our way, but then we had some great opportunities at the break where we really should have put the game to bed.”
Colchester is still chasing his first home league win of the season and head coach Hayden Mullins admits it was a day off for his team.
Mullins said, “We deserved exactly what we got today and it was nothing.
“I don’t think we really put any pressure on them that we seemed to break them all the time.
“We can’t let the teams come and dictate to us at home.
“We have to be at the forefront and be aggressive in what we want to try to do.
“I thought Salford’s chances before they scored maybe would have revived us a bit in life, but that wasn’t the case.
“They scored their two goals that they so deserved.
“The reaction after we conceded the first goal was not good enough and we conceded again.
“It was too easy for them to take him out in a wide area and deliver a high cross for their number nine (Elliott) to attack him without a challenge.
“We changed shape after half-time, but it was a day off for us.”