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Salford City, Graham Alexander, FC Halifax Town 0-0 Salford CitySalford City picked up a first ever league point at FC Halifax Town with a 0-0 draw on a drizzly afternoon in West Yorkshire, but manager Graham Alexander says with a touch more quality it could have been a first win.

Without a win in four previous visits, The Ammies headed to The MBi Shay unbeaten in 2019 and after some defending when required in the first half the visitors started to create more chances in the second, but the final touch was just that bit elusive.

Substitute Rory Gaffney created possibly the best chances after replacing Danny Lloyd, who had the monopoly of Salford’s first half efforts, but couldn’t find a way past Sam Johnson.

“It was a hard game, the conditions deteriorated throughout the 90 minutes but I thought we created some decent opportunities which we needed to finish off,” said Alexander.

“We defended exceptionally well, they didn’t create that much against us but we probably didn’t test the keeper enough with our opportunities. We got some good crosses into the box without getting a final touch, when we did have opportunities to shoot we probably didn’t hit the target enough. I can probably think of two or three efforts on goal, so it’s one of those which we’ve got to take the positive, the point and a clean sheet, but we feel it’s a game we could have won.

“We turned the ball over too many times when we had the ball, we gave the ball away really cheaply when we were in good positions, attacking positions when we were committing bodies forward and it became a bit stretched and end-to-end, and the players have recognised that we needed to have a bit more composure on the ball when we had it and not try and score every single time we had it within two passes, so we had to have a little bit more patience and composure on the ball when we had it.”

15 Games To Go

The point however takes Salford back up to second after Solihull Moors were beaten 2-1 at home to AFC Fylde, and just four points now separate leaders Leyton Orient and fifth placed Wrexham.

“It’s gone really quick but this is what happens over the course of the season, teams look at their games and all the teams at the top will be going ‘if we’d have done this’ or ‘if we’d have won this game’ and blah, blah, blah. 

“That’s the reality of it but we’ve got 15 more games to get a lot of points and we just need to build on from what we’ve done in the last month. I think we’ve got eight points from four games, two points a game, if we maintain that until the end of the season we’ll be in a good position but we want to better that if we can and we can only do that by winning the next game. 

“We know we’ve got the potential and quality, it’s just about focusing in the right way and making sure that we take every opportunity that comes our way, and every match day is an opportunity to win three points. We haven’t done it today but Halifax is a notorious place for Salford to visit and it’s good that we’ve took a good point and we build on that.”

The Ammies take a break from the league next weekend for the Buildbase FA Trophy Third Round when Maidstone United visit The Peninsula Stadium. Our next league game is away at Braintree Town on Saturday 9th February.

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