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Tom Elliott, Salford City, Port Vale 1-1 Salford City

Salford City extended their unbeaten run to five games after Tom Elliott came off the bench to equalise at Vale Park.

The striker was introduced with 23 minutes to go, and eight minutes later picked the ball out of the net as The Ammies earned a deserved point.

It was a game with little in the way of chances, and Port Vale had taken the lead through an ‘unfortunate’ own goal earlier in the second half.

However Graham Alexander hailed his side’s performance as they move up to 11th in Sky Bet League Two.

“They’ve got one of the best home records in the league, so we knew they’ve got threats. 

“It was a difficult game with the conditions, it was trying to work out which way the wind was going and the pitch was extremely dry so it was one for playing in the opponents’ half.

“It’s an unfortunate own goal from our perspective, a real difficult cross-come-shot to defend, but the response of the team was excellent so I don’t think it was two points dropped, I think it was a game that could have gone either way and probably over the course of the game a fair point.

We’re a little bit frustrated just at the type of goal we conceded really because I don’t think they had many clear-cut opportunities, I don’t think there were too many in the game altogether so it was about doing the basics well and hope you have that bit of quality in the final third, which we did to get the equalising goal.

“Sometimes you have to change the dynamic of what you’ve got to give the opposition something different to think about.

“Like you say it was a fantastic ball in from Richie, and it was some header from Tom, great leap, good movement in the box from both the strikers, and a deserved equaliser.”

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