Saturday afternoon brought club debuts for new arrivals Kelvin Mellor and Jordan Gibson, who both played their part in what was an excellent home win for the Blues.
“I thought Jordan Gibson for being here what, two or three days, was superb,” manager Chris Beech said. “He had a 16-hour journey with a ferry included to get here but he’s got into it and I think he’ll do very well.
“He did a couple of really good crosses and he was there, wanting the ball. Brennan Dickenson can cross in the same way as well, so there’s threat from both sides.
“It was a bit of a risk to bring him on so early because he’s only been here a short time, but I’ve seen things I really like from him in training.
“He gives us an outlet and what I liked best about today was that when he was in a tight spot in front of the Paddock, he could have easily turned back, but he did a little stepover and wanted to go forward.
“He whipped in a lovely ball as well, and that’s what I want him to do. He will score goals.”
“Kelvin was great and he’s another who is a good lad and a good personality,” he continued. “He’s an older player and if you sign an older player you have to make sure the positive characteristics are in place.
“He’s very fit but you could see in that last 10 minutes he was cramping a little bit, and they were trying to pick on him by doubling up, but he did really well. It was a great debut and every question he got asked was answered. I thought you could see his experience.
“When the news about George Tanner leaving came out we were getting all sorts of agents ringing us trying to give us choices of right back. I spoke to Kelvin about a month before I spoke to George to bring him here last year, so I knew what type of person he was.
“I think we’ve done well in a short space of time to get a player like that. Both George and Aaron have gone and we need to make sure we don’t let it affect my opportunity with our lads. I’ve got ambition and bills to pay, but the club has done some great business in a situation where we had to.
“As a manager you’re probably the only one in the building that’s on the back foot because the player is happy, the club’s happy, but as a manager you want to represent the supporters and you want to win.
“I get criticised sometimes for talking about finance but the difference between us and Salford is massive. To go against them and beat them, and we also beat them last year, we have to be pleased.
“The players wanted to go and I was very quick to try to solve something that came upon us quickly, but both Aaron and George are great lads. They did ever so well for us but when the club is in a situation where they accept it, from a manager’s point of view it’s very difficult because you want to try to achieve and progress.
“But you have to accept it when it happens and see it as an opportunity, and the lads who have come in have been great.
“That’s the same with Jonathan Dinzeyi. I spoke to him, he came up here, he’s had a bit of a shock, he got plunked in a house at 10.30 at night and it’s all new to him.
“I would imagine he’s used to being picked up and dropped off at Arsenal, eating breakfast, prehab, and all the rest of it, but he’s such a great lad and he’s looking forward to it.
“He’s training outside right now and it just gives us a little bit more height and physicality. It’s unique in that he’s a player I’ve never really seen before I signed him, but in the two days I’ve seen him I’ve been really impressed with him.”
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