A point was all Salford City had to show from an improved performance against Macclesfield Town at The Peninsula Stadium on Saturday.
Despite controlling the possession and the flow of the game, The Ammies were unable to break down a compact Macclesfield team.
There was a flurry of action in the closing stages as Lois Maynard hit the post and Danny Lloyd forced a good stop from Owen Evans. However Salford couldn’t quite find that goal which would have secured three points.
“I thought we were the best team throughout the game,” admitted Graham Alexander.
“It was difficult to break them down, certainly in the first half, they play with a back five and have a compact midfield with a single striker, so it was difficult to break them down.
“We looked at a couple of things at half time to get a bit more combination play to actually get higher up the pitch to deliver the final cross, the final pass, and in the second half we upped it again.
“For the last 25-30 minutes it was one-way traffic and when the ball was in play we were dangerous and we looked like we were going to score at any minute, but we just couldn’t find that final touch on a couple of real good attacks, but I’m pleased with the performance.”
With half an hour to go Brandon Asante and Danny Lloyd were introduced, and played a significant role as The Ammies went close to a winner.
Lloyd delivered a cross which Maynard headed off the foot of the post, and a minute later had a decent effort from outside of the area saved.
Then after another shot was blocked, Asante hit an effort wide before having an 87th minute chance foiled by Evans.
“We made the changes quite early in the second half, we felt as if we needed just a bit more thrust, a bit more dynamism, and Brandon and Lloydy gave us that.
“I thought there was some real good performances today, I thought the midfield too were excellent, Danny [Whitehead] and Lois.
“We looked a threat, and if we’d have won that game one or two-nil it would have been a thoroughly deserved result.”
Due to Tuesday’s defeat at Burton Albion Salford now have 10 days before the next fixture, against Wolves Under-21s in the Leasing.com Trophy.
The Gaffer says they’ll use the time to try and fine tune what he felt was an otherwise good performance.
“We’ve obviously got the Wolves game in the Leasing.com Trophy so we’ll build up towards that, but hopefully we can get a couple back from injury as well to really boost the squad.
“All we needed was a goal today to justify a good performance so we’ll look to see if we can just find that final killer touch, but generally I was really pleased with the players today.
“I thought they worked exceptionally hard, I thought they conceded very limited chances and created more than enough to win a game.”