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Graham Alexander, Salford City, Colchester United 1-0 Salford CityA late Harry Pell goal condemned Salford City to a painful 1-0 defeat at Colchester United.

The Ammies were dealt the blow in the third minute of stoppage time when The U’s midfielder headed home a loose corner.

Earlier in the second half Luke Armstrong had a tap-in ruled out for offside, and there were good chances too for Richie Towell and Lois Maynard during the game.

It was always going to be tough going to a team who had the second best defensive record at home, but they stole all of the spoils in a harsh defeat.

Salford manager Graham Alexander said: “Obviously devastated, the same as all the players and the supporters because we didn’t deserve that, I thought second half we were excellent and first half we started well.

“I reiterated at half time to them that they’re good players and a good team, they should pass the ball and trust each other, and we did that.

“I thought we were superb in the second half and then to get that in the final minute, it’s a dagger,  there’s no way of putting a positive on it.

“I don’t think we deserved that and the players certainly, for their effort and commitment, they didn’t deserve that right at the end. 

“But that’s football sometimes and we have to take it on the chin and make sure we learn from the experience, but we make sure we concentrate on all the good stuff we did in the second half.”

Next up for Salford is the visit of Exeter City to The Peninsula Stadium next Saturday. Tickets are available in advance, or from the ticket office during opening hours this week.

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