Salford City were held to a point by Newport County at Rodney Parade, despite commandeering large parts of a goalless game in South Wales.
Even when the hosts were reduced to 10-men, The Ammies couldn’t find a way through on a tricky pitch.
Ibou Touray and Tom Clarke went close in the first half before debutant Robbie Gotts had a couple of opportunities; one wide and one blocked.
Newport were reduced to 10-men with half an hour to go when Josh Sheehan was shown a straight red for a hefty challenge on Ash Hunter, but the Salford number 10 couldn’t find a winner later with a powerful shot that cleared the bar from the right.
A missed opportunity for The Ammies to go top with results elsewhere, but Warren Joyce felt the performance at least was the more dominant.
“I thought we really did well for the majority of the game, when it was 11 v 11 I thought we were in control of the game. We came with a game plan on not a good surface and executed it well.
“We could have been goals up before the sending off, the sending off changed the game a little bit in that we were going for the win and put more forward players on, but lost a little bit of control in the game to get the ball down on a difficult surface and try and create things.
“We were more direct maybe in the game when it was 11 v 11 and we had the extra man but we didn’t utilise it well enough.”
Gotts was one of three changes for the Ammies’ fourth consecutive away game, and the 21-year-old on loan from Leeds provided some inspiration.
As well as the ‘energy’ mentioned on his arrival, he brought some flair and a clever turn and drop of the shoulder towards the end of the first half nearly provided the opening goal until a defender blocked the shot.
“He was bright and found a way to get on the ball in little pockets and gave us good energy from midfield and handled the ball in tight situations. Always a threat and did a job for the team as well when Newport had the ball.”
Next up for The Ammies is a long-awaited return home, and the visit of Harrogate Town on Friday evening.