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Foley hails 'professional performance'

19 September 2021

Sam Foley says that Tranmere Rovers’ 2-0 win over Salford City was a thoroughly professional performance.

A penalty from Kieron Morris, as well as Elliott Nevitt’s first League Two goal helped Micky Mellon’s side to a brilliant win at Prenton Park.

He said: “From our perspective, it’s been a bit of a sluggish start to the season. But we’ve got a lot of new players, new faces, it takes time. There’s been good signs. In midweek, we had a good win.

“The squad was looking forward to the weekend. Two goals, and it’s all about winning. I thought it was a thoroughly professional performance.”

Foley also spoke about the side’s confidence going into the game, having returned to winning ways in the Papa John’s Trophy with a 4-1 win over Leeds United in midweek.

“I think that was key [being confident] going into the game. Start off on the front foot, set out right how you want to play the game. Obviously, things happen out of your control. They lose a man and we get a penalty early on.

“You’ve got to adapt to those situations, and I thought the lads did very well.”

Both sides ended the game with only 10 men. Ibou Touray saw red for Salford after 20 minutes, before Jay Spearing was sent off just before half-time. Foley says that he’d rather leave the decisions to the referees.

“From where I was, I didn’t see the first one on Callum McManaman. Jay’s one, he wins the ball, but I can understand the referee saying he’s followed through. I don’t know you can tackle someone and stop dead and not follow through.

“But I’m not a referee, I’ll leave that to them. It’s decisions that they’ve made. At the end of the day, we’ve won and that’s all I care about.”

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