Gary Bowyer was encouraged by his side’s performance as Salford City were edged out 1-0 at Exeter City.
The Grecians took a significant step towards the play-off thanks to Matt Jay’s first half goal. However that was all that they created of any conviction in the 90 minutes, with Jokull Andresson the busier keeper.
The Icelandic youngster denied Ian Henderson, tipping a shot onto the bar with James Wilson’s follow-up cleared off the line. Brandon Thomas-Asante then had a couple of efforts before Jordan Turnbull headed over from a free kick and Richie Towell volleyed wide.
It leaves Salford six points off the play-offs with 10 games to go, but Bowyer is confident of the quality in the squad.
“Obviously the result is disappointing, the goal is a scruffy goal and I don’t think Vac has had any shots to save.
“I thought we started the game ever so well, the lads were on the front foot and caused problems then their goalie’s made an outstanding save where he tips it onto the crossbar from Ian Henderson, who I thought led the line brilliantly for us.
“We just said to the players at half time to keep on that front foot, keep that intensity, I liked the aggression that we played with.
“The desire was there, the effort was there from the players, it’s just the final third that we’re going to have to work on.
“Training’s training isn’t it, you learn about them watching them but it’s games where you really pick up the key bits and it’s certainly given me a lot to think about.
“What I do believe is like when I first came in the building, the quality that we have it’s certainly been shown in certain areas that gives us the confidence to go forward and carry on in the next 10 games.”
Salford start April with the Easter weekend and the visit of Grimsby Town on Friday afternoon to The Peninsula Stadium (KO 15:00).