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SALFORD CITY joint-manager Anthony Johnson cited a ‘lack of clinical finishing’ as his side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at York City.

In contrast to The Ammies’ last outing away at Brackley Town, Salford started brightly and played some good stuff in the opening exchanges.

Debutant Nathan Arnold went agonisingly close to an opening goal with a glancing header that was inches past the far post, and Lois Maynard blasted an effort over as Salford threatened York.

However a plucky cross from the left by Aidan Connolly came off the inside of the post and snuck behind Max Crocombe which eventually proved to be the difference.

Jon Parkin cannoned a penalty off the bar, and Salford rallied late wth Crocombe spending the last couple of minutes up the other end of the pitch, however Salford couldn’t quite get through York’s defence.

“I thought the first 30-35 minutes, if I was to say we missed half a dozen sitters I don’t think anybody within the 3,000 people in the ground would disagree that’s what happened,” said Johnson.

“Then immediately they go up the other end and score a goal that hits the post, comes off the back of our keeper and goes in. How many times do you see it in football where the team that dominates the game often falls behind?

“Having said that there’s then a whole 45-50 minutes of the second half for us to still get something out of the game, and in the second half York actually had some really good chances themselves so honestly I’m disappointed with the second half showing.”

“Lacked that cutting edge”

“After the first half we said to the lads “more of the same, more of the same what we’ve just done,” some of the play was outstanding, some of the chances we created were fantastic but ultimately we’ve lacked that cutting edge in the final third that was disappointing.

“For a side that’s been top of the league for a large part of the season, we’ve not been ruthless enough. The lads need to start taking some more responsibility with that I think because in training we’re smashing balls into the net.

“But we’re top of the league, it’s not all doom and gloom and some of the stuff in the first half and even in the second half towards the end where we cut them open, Tom [Walker]’s had his shot saved, we could have got something out of the game.”

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