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Gary Bowyer cited a more ruthless edge as being what would have made a difference as Salford City and Rochdale drew 0-0 at The Peninsula Stadium.

The football on show was fast, at a high tempo, and for the first 45 minutes Salford were in a very good stride only to be thwarted by Dale stopper Joel Coleman.

In the second half the visitors came out an improved side as their stats suggested they would, and loanee Connor Ripley was involved a bit more but a combination of he and the Salford backline put bodies in the way to deny Rochdale a first win in eight outings.

It’s back-to-back clean sheets for the first time this season, but the Gaffer feels The Ammies need to be more clinical and take advantage.

“I think the way that we’ve played has been terrific tonight, we’ve come across a goalkeeper again that’s pulled off two very good saves but we need to be more ruthless in front of goal, there’s no denying that, in the first half especially. Some of our play was terrific, it’s that last little bit which is something that we’ve mentioned this season.

“I think it’s important when you dominate the game in terms of possession, chances, and it’s not going for you, you make sure that you don’t get your pocket picked as such and we’ve done that tonight, defended and make some great blocks.

“We’ve kept two clean sheets on the trot now, we’ve got four points from two games so we’ll recover from today, have a body count on Thursday and go from there.”

Saturday sees Salford travel to league leaders Forest Green Rovers. KO 15:00 at the Fully Charged New Lawn, match and coach tickets are available from the Salford ticket office this week.

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