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Graham Alexander, Salford City, Salford City 0-0 Barnet, The Peninsula Stadium, The National LeagueSalford City’s unbeaten March continued with a goalless draw against Barnet at The Peninsula Stadium.

After a positive start for the visitors Salford grew into the game with Devonte Redmond and Lois Maynard both going close.

At the other end Chris Neal was kept relatively untroubled, and despite a late flurry there was no way through for Salford either.

However it is a fifth clean sheet in a row for Salford, and Graham Alexander was pleased with the defensive solidity, although the lack of chances was a slight concern.

“I think the effort and the commitment was certainly there from the players, the team. We had opportunities throughout the game mainly from, I would say, set pieces. We probably didn’t produce enough from open play, even though off the top of my head in the first half we did, but the longer the game went on I thought Barnet defended in open play generally well and it looked like from set pieces we could get the opening goal.

“But we just needed to find that extra bit of quality, composure or the right decision around the box to get a clean shot off on goal or find someone in a better position. 

“That’s the only disappointment from today, that with the opportunities or the positions we were in with good possession, we didn’t take one of those opportunities and win the game.

“I thought we looked very strong defensively again all the way through the team and didn’t give too many opportunities away to the opponent but we just needed to take one of those opportunities. I think we hit the post and the crossbar in the first half, and sometimes when you get the opening goal it opens up the game a little bit more but today we just couldn’t find that breakthrough.”

Next up for Salford is a National League North reunion with Harrogate Town at The CNG Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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