Salford’s first game on the road ended in defeat as Crawley Town came from behind to snatch all three points.
It was a quick start from The Ammies, Ian Henderson opening the scoring just seven minutes from kick-off with a perfectly-placed header. Crawley pressure followed with Ashley Nadesan firing the home side level after an explosive counter-attacking move just before the break. Then, 15 minutes from time, Jake Hessenthaler nodded the Reds’ winner leaving Salford still waiting for their first win of the season.
After three league games Gary Bowyer’s side have just two points, but the Manager was pleased with Salford’s energetic start.
“We started off ever so well, scored a wonderful goal, fantastic cross from Ibou and Hendo got on the end of it with a great header.
“I thought we started the game very well, we made Crawley change their shape then they obviously started to get into the game a little bit.”
The manner of Crawley’s goal was difficult for the manager and travelling Salford fans alike to take. Salford had a couple of big chances to take the game to 2-0, but Glenn Morris in the Crawley goal made a strong double save before launching the ball up field to spark Crawley’s comeback in a matter of moments.
“Before they equalise, we have three great opportunities. First with Ian Henderson, then Conor McAleny and Tom Elliott on the follow-up.
“30 seconds later it’s down the other end of the pitch and in our goal, so we’re disappointed with that.
“It’s something we’ve not experienced this season in the league. We’ve spoken there in the dressing room, there are times where we’re going to be under pressure so it’s down to us to deal with it better.
“If you look at the stats, they’ve had two shots on target and they’ve won the game. That tells its own story but we have to be better.”
Chasing the game late on, Bowyer was able to give a debut to new number seven Tyriek Wright, who is on loan from Aston Villa. Along with the substitution of Brandon Thomas-Asante, the pacy winger added a directness to The Ammies play, looking sharp with a fearlessness on the ball. Bowyer was impressed by the 19-year old’s impact off the bench.
“I think he showed exactly what we brought him in for. He’s going to be a positive impact, looking frightening going forward, and we’re excited with what he’ll bring going into the rest of the season.”
Next up for Salford is the visit of Swindon Town on Saturday afternoon, KO 15:00 at The Peninsula Stadium.