Neville praises Salford City’s improved mentality

By Matt Johnson

Salford City co-owner Gary Neville has praised the improved mentality of the club as they have adjusted to life as a football league club. Last season Graham Alexander’s side won promotion from the National League after beating AFC Fylde 3-0 in the Play Off Final at Wembley.

Speaking after the club’s 2-0 win over Bradford at the Peninsula Stadium, Neville said he felt that ‘at the start of the season, some players were simply happy to be there at that level’ while as the season has gone on there has been more of a ‘winning mentality’ in the squad.

Results would certainly back up Neville’s comments. At the end of September, Salford had picked up eleven points from as many games, with only two wins. However, the win over Bradford was the club’s third in four games. This had seen them solidify their position in tenth in the league before all elite football in England was shut down on 13 March. 

As well as their league form, Graham Alexander’s side had also reached the Leasing.com Trophy final, where they were due to face holders Portsmouth at Wembley on 5 April. However it now seems unlikely that this game will take place.

The Bradford game proved to be Salford’s final game of the season due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. On 15 May, League Two clubs unanimously voted to call an end to the season and determine the final standings based on points per game. This meant that Salford finished 11th, dropping below Forest Green Rovers by 0.01 points.


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