Salford City made it three league games unbeaten at the start of the 2020-21 campaign with a 0-0 draw against Forest Green Rovers.
Nearly a year to the day since Rovers’ 4-0 triumph at The Peninsula Stadium, The Ammies weren’t to be humiliated by the same opponent and had chances to take all three points.
Another positive for Graham Alexander was the debut of Tylor Golden who looked astute and solid in at right back, and contributed to back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season along with more heroics from Vaclav Hladky.
Ultimately a point each was perhaps a fair result, and the Gaffer wasn’t too disheartened at another point on the board although there are still a couple of areas for improvement.
“I think there were a lot of chances for both teams really, a lot of balls across the box, saves from the keepers, it was two teams that wanted to score but sometimes you get those games where you just can’t get it over the line.
“[I was] really pleased with our players going right until the end, having the bit of a scramble where I don’t know how it didn’t go in at the end, but they created chances as well which we knew they could, they would, because they’ve got a way of playing, especially away from home, where they can hurt you and they’ve got a lot of power in their team as well.
“But I thought the players competed well, I think we could have shown more composure throughout the game, or certainly in the first half, and a little bit more care in the final third and better decision making when we had some real good opportunities.
“We started the second half well and we had opportunities from that, we had some great balls in the box, we had some good chances where we could have just squared it for a team mate in a better position instead of shooting from the angle, but these are little things that can be ironed out and the players can learn from the experience.”
20-year-old Golden, who joined from Wigan Athletic in the summer as part of Warren Joyce’s Development Squad, was one of two changes from the side that won at Grimsby Town last weekend.
It was the full-back’s League Two debut, having played in the EFL Trophy a couple of weeks ago and been named on the bench a few times, but his impressive performances and attitude in training carried through to the pitch and the Gaffer was pleased for him.
“He’s been training with us for quite a while actually because he came in, impressed really well, he’s been on the bench a few times and we felt comfortable enough to go with him today and he didn’t let anybody down.
“I thought he stuck to his task, defended really well, he wanted to get forward and play in the game, so he can be really pleased with his debut today because it’s a big ask coming in for your league debut, a full debut, against a real good opponent but I thought he did exceptionally well.”
Next up for The Ammies is the visit of Morecambe in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night before hitting the road for next Saturday’s visit to Stevenage.