Salford City came away from a first trip to Bradford City with a point after Adam Rooney’s equaliser 11 minutes from time.
The Bantams had taken the lead early in the second half after dominating the first half, but not managing to edge themselves ahead. Harry Pritchard popped up in the middle to convert a low cross from Dylan Connolly to cheer most of the 14,000-plus crowd’s spirits.
However there were further missed chances, Bradford now haven’t scored more than one goal in a game since early November, and they were punished.
There was little danger when Brandon Thomas-Asante won possession high on the left, but he turned inside of his marker and beat another couple of players to put a cross on a plate for Rooney.
It ends a period of three league games without a goal for The Ammies, and Graham Alexander was happier with his side’s second half performance than the first.
He said: “We’re pleased with the second half performance, we want to keep a will to win so we’re not going to consider draws as wins for us, I think we’ve got to come to places like this and show what we’re capable of and I thought we did that in the second half.
“I thought first half we sat and admired them, we were second best in our minds I thought and, like we reminded the players, we’ve won at big grounds like Wembley, and we’re here to win and compete games, we’re not here to make up numbers.
“We’ve fought hard to play at quality venues like this but to come and win games and compete, not to watch the opposition do what they’ve got to do and I thought in the second half we believed in ourselves a lot more, especially considering we conceded an early goal.
“But I thought some of our play and certainly on the counter attack we were a real threat and certainly deserved the equaliser.”
After so long without a goal, it was somewhat of a relief to see the ball hit the back of the net and there was praise for Thomas-Asante who created it all.
“We’ve struggled obviously with doing that, certainly from open play and I still feel we’ve missed a couple of real good opportunities today which can give you a foothold in the game earlier, even in the first half I thought we had a couple of real good opportunities.
“But our play up to there is certainly worthy of getting goals and when Roons comes on at half time, we know what he can bring.
“It wasn’t really a chance when Brandon collected it in the corner, but he’s beaten two or three players and laid it on a plate for Roons, and we know Roons is deadly from inside the box so I’m really pleased with the second half performance and we’ve got to continue.
“There’s been spells in the last three games I feel that we’ve shown what we’re about, but there’s also little spells within that where we don’t believe in ourselves enough so that’s something we’ve got to improve on.
“You can see the spirit within the group, their commitment to the game so we’ve just got to add that bit of quality in the final third.”