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Cox hails 'excellent point' at Salford

6 March 2021

First team manager Neil Cox hailed an 'excellent point' following his side's 1-1 away draw at Salford City on Saturday.

Abo Eisa levelled the scores on 42 minutes, after a penalty was awarded to the Iron in the first half, making it his seventh goal of the season.

It came following Tom Clarke's opener at the other end, following early chances for both sides.

The draw was only United's third of the season and Cox told iFollow Iron: “I think it's an excellent point for us coming here. I think in the first half we played really well, passed the ball and got in on a couple of occasions. We knew it would be difficult but we tried to pass, and get it down and play. It worked well and they ended up changing their formation.

"Harrison McGahey came off at half-time with a tight thigh, so I brought Jordan (Clarke) on. We rode our luck a little bit with Salford hitting the post, but I thought it was a fair result for us.

“We’ve got a lot of spirit now, and they are all fighting for each other. I’ve told everybody that they are going to be needed. Yet again I had to bring a couple of lads on early and people had to do other jobs, but I thought it was a good performance.”

Five changes were made to the team from the one that started the midweek win at high-flying Cambridge, and Cox added: "All around, the boys who came in were excellent. Myles (Hippolyte) has trained excellently over the last four weeks, and has got his head down, worked really hard and waited for his opportunity. He worked hard for the team and it was just down to tiredness and lack of games (that he came off). (As it was for) Jordy Hallam, who was excellent in the hole for us in the first-half too. We've barely had any Under-23s games to get him fit, but he worked really hard for us."

McGahey will be monitored, but Cox is unsure how serious it is just yet. He said: “He just felt his thigh a little bit, and we have to take precautions. If he is out for two or three weeks, it's better than being out eight or nine weeks.”

Ryan Loft has missed the last two games with a hamstring problem and was rated as 50-50 ahead of the match. Cox added: "He just didn't make it, but hopefully he can be fit for Tuesday because we'll need to freshen it up again."

The Iron’s next game is at home to Exeter City on that day, and Cox concluded: “We’ll have to see how the boys come around on Monday morning. But we will be focused and I’ll get them to prepare properly now and do everything right after this game. I’ll see who's raring to go for Tuesday and then I’ll pick my team.”

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