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Liam Hogan, Salford City, Salford City 0-1 Exeter CitySalford City were again cruelly punished for not being able to take chances as Exeter City snatched a 1-0 win at The Peninsula Stadium.

Ryan Bowman’s first half header proved to be the difference, which at the time came against the run of play, but after 90 minutes it was still the best Exeter had mustered and it was all they needed.

Not through want of trying, The Ammies had been close with Cameron Burgess rocking the underside of the bar, Liam Hogan being denied from close range and Jake Jervis too in the closing stages.

Another frustrating afternoon in terms of the result, but manager Graham Alexander praised his players’ efforts in outplaying the promotion chasers.

“Even if we’d have drawn the game I’d have been disappointed.

“I thought we were excellent today, I thought we created some unbelievable chances from very close to the goal which we didn’t take.

“They score off a second-phase corner, which we’re extremely disappointed about because it’s something that we’ve worked on this week, especially after last week, and they’re the fine margins.

“We have to understand the realities in the Football League are extremely hard, harsh and there’s no forgiveness for switching off at any moment.

“But as a performance and for what we created against a team in second place I can’t ask for any more from the players, I thought they were excellent all game through.

“In professional football you don’t always get what you deserve but if our team can replicate that performance for the next 20-odd games then we’ll win games without a shadow of a doubt.”

Brandon Thomas-Asante, Salford City, Salford City 0-1 Exeter CityBrandon Thomas-Asante was one of two changes and led a positive start alongside Luke Armstrong on his first start in the Football League.

“He was lively, I thought him and Luke, I’ll be honest I thought the front four caused lots of problems for them and they were always lively, always in the game.

“It was good to see him out there, he’s worked hard, he’s come on as sub a couple of times, he’s played a couple of the Leasing.com Trophy games and we just felt we needed something different and I thought him and Luke worked really well together.

“We know we’ve got people like Adam Rooney to come on at the end as well to give us extra attacking threat and I thought the two wide lads, Craig Conway and Jake Jervis were excellent as well.

“As an attacking performance, without the goals, if you analyse it I thought we were very good, I thought we passed the ball, we trusted each other with it, we made good decisions.”

Next up for The Ammies is a trip to another club with their hat in the ring for the play-offs, Bradford City.

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