Neil Wooden happy to be forward however is aware of Salford have work to do at Stockport

Salford boss Neil Wooden is aware of his group “nonetheless have a job to do” after they beat Stockport 1-0 within the League Two play-off semi-final first leg on the Peninsula Stadium.

Skilled striker Matt Smith bagged the decisive objective within the first half handy the Ammies a slender lead forward of subsequent Saturday’s second conflict again at Edgeley Park.

Wooden stated: “I suppose I’m happy with a 1-0, though it in all probability might and will have been greater than that.

“We had two or three different good possibilities which we must always have caught away, so it’s presumably a bit irritating we didn’t capitalise a bit extra.

“I’m happy with the best way we performed tonight, however it actually received’t be a straightforward job for us subsequent weekend.

“We’re wanting ahead to it and the lads undoubtedly received’t be phased by taking part in in entrance of an enormous crowd over there.

“We’ve nonetheless received a job to do, however this group is studying on a regular basis and we’ll go to Stockport with no concern.”

Wooden went on to salute former Leeds, Fulham and Millwall hit-man Smith, whose predatory objective was his twelfth of the season.

“He’s received that big-match expertise,” added Wooden.

“You actually see the perfect of him in these type of conditions.

“It was a high quality help, a very good supply from the cross and as soon as it really feel to Smudge I felt assured he’d stick his likelihood away.”

Salford dominated the opening 45 minutes on the Peninsula Stadium, however Stockport restricted them to only the one-goal benefit by the interval.

Smith struck the decisive effort after 16 minutes as he headed residence Elliot Watt’s out-swinging cross.

Though the guests rallied considerably after the restart, they struggled to create something clear-cut and Salford held on to their slender benefit with out an excessive amount of problem.

This was a primary loss since February for Stockport and their boss Dave Challinor stays assured forward of the second leg.

He stated: “We’ll tackle the second leg in the identical attacking manner we have now completed all through the season.

“We’ve been very constant throughout and we’ve floor out some massive outcomes after we’ve wanted to.

“I feel it’s 10 instances we’ve received by two targets or extra this season up to now, so we’ve received to go and do this once more now.

“This simply goes to indicate how shut this league is, although.

“I feel all of the 4 groups within the play-offs are so evenly matched, so meaning whoever wins the massive prize, it’s going to be tremendous margins.

“It was a detailed sport tonight, a very edgy sport at instances, however it was essential for us that we go away right here tonight nonetheless very a lot within the tie.

“We now know precisely what we have to do subsequent Saturday, and the lads have gotten the idea that we are able to get by way of to Wembley.

“It’s going to be an excellent ambiance at Edgeley Park, so it’s as much as us now to get the job completed.”