Salford City fell to a first defeat by Leyton Orient in a tight game at the Breyer Group Stadium.
Danny Johnson scored the only goal of the game in the first half, turning at the top of the area before firing low past Vaclav Hladky.
The Czech had virtually nothing else to do while at the other end chances weren’t taken, thanks to a combination of committed Orient defending and mis-taken shots.
In the first half Brandon Thomas-Asante couldn’t divert a James Wilson cross into an open net, while Ian Henderson was denied one-on-one by Lawrence Vigouroux in the second period. Wilson had a couple of opportunities himself too, but was twice denied by Dan Happe before lashing into the side netting from a tight angle in stoppage time.
Manager Richie Wellens wasn’t too disheartened though as there were opportunities, and says that he is expecting to get a reaction on Tuesday night at Mansfield Town.
“I thought the first 20 minutes we were very good, should have been a couple of goals up. I think we had a spell including when they scored where we dropped off too deep, it’s a bad goal to give away because we’re preaching to them every single day, don’t drop deep.
“We got punished for not locking onto people, it’s a good finish by the lad.
“After that, all of the second half and probably the last five or six minutes of he first half it’s all us, Vac hasn’t had a shot to save. We still need more quality in and around the final third, but I think we had the best chances in the game.
“All in all a disappointing result, but I think the effort of the players, the running, power, work ethic in the second half was outstanding, but that’s just where we are.
“We’ve got a good group who will react in the right way, we just need a reaction, whenever you lose a game you need the right reaction and I’m sure we’ll get that from the players.”
Our re-arranged trip to the One Call Stadium kicks off at 19:00 on Tuesday. Supporters can watch at live.salfordcityfc.co.uk.