Salford City target promotion after FA Cup exit at Hartlepool United

Scott Burton
Salford could not make any of their 33 shots against Hartlepool count on the night

Salford City's joint-manager Anthony Johnson has targeted promotion from the Northern Premier League Premier Division after their FA Cup exit.

The non-league side, co-owned by five former Manchester United players, were beaten 2-0 by League Two side Hartlepool after extra time.

They sit fourth in the league but have three games in hand on leaders Blyth.

"We've got lads that have come with us from Ramsbottom and park football," Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester.

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Highlights: Hartlepool 2-0 Salford

"We've also got lads like Danny Webber and Gareth Seddon, who've been at big clubs and they've enjoyed the journey as much as everybody else.

"We've not played a team from a league below us, we've had the hardest run out of every team in the competition so far and they've done themselves, their families and the city proud, they've been fantastic.

"This has been a brilliant sidetrack thing and a bonus, but we've got 27 league games to play.

"We'll probably be playing every Saturday and midweek but the lads are under no illusions that we expect to be battling for the championship this season and we can focus on that now."

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