‘I’m pleased with all of them’: Interim Salford boss Scholes reflects on impressive display against Southend

Paul Scholes was full of praise for his players after Salford City’s 3-0 victory over Southend United at the Peninsula Stadium last night.

Coming into the game after a narrow defeat at Port Vale on Saturday, interim manager Scholes was thrilled to see his changes pay dividends.

“The lads worked so hard which was important as we know to win games in this league it’s going to be hard, you’re going to have to work really hard for the full 90 minutes and we did that tonight.”

Scholes made significant tactical changes to the side he put out against Port Vale on Saturday, bringing Oscar Threlkeld, Brandon Thomas-Asante and Tom Clarke into the starting line-up – and was pleased with their effectiveness in an altered system.

“You couldn’t fault the team; I thought every one of them performed really well.

“I thought Oscar especially was outstanding in the centre of the pitch.

“It’s not somewhere he’s played for us that often, he usually plays right-back but in centre midfield today he tackled, passed it well and I thought he was excellent.”

“I’m not just pleased with the three lads who came in, I’m pleased with everyone.”

One of Scholes’ former Manchester United teammates, James Wilson, was instrumental throughout and finished well to take his home tally this season to three goals in three games.

“He’s a quality striker, I’ve seen it first-hand at United with him.

“The lad can score goals with either foot, he can head the ball, and if we can keep creating chances for him, he’ll score a lot of goals this season.”

Salford welcome Crawley Town to the Peninsula on Saturday and Scholes is keen to build on last night’s impressive display.

“That’s the challenge now, that’s a win, it’s a really good performance.

“We’ve got to go again now starting Thursday.

“The lads can enjoy that win tonight, tomorrow day off nice and relaxed and Thursday we start work again towards Saturday which again will be a very difficult game.”

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