Salford City’s wait for a first win of 2021-22 continues after a narrow defeat at home to Swindon Town, but Gary Bowyer isn’t concerned about things just yet.
The Ammies were well on top in the first half at The Peninsula Stadium as Ian Henderson, Matthew Lund, Conor McAleny and Ash Eastham were all kept out by Jojo Wollacott.
However five minutes after the break Swindon were rewarded for their number one’s heroics as Jack Payne’s run deceived the officials, and he didn’t pass up the opportunity to put the visitors ahead in front of their supporters.
Henderson did have the ball in the back of the net in the 68th minute, only to see the offside flag unfurl, before Lund was blocked in the area by Dion Conroy; another unsuccessful penalty appeal to add to Tyreik Wright’s in the first half.
In front of 2,229 Salford continued to press late on but couldn’t craft the chance needed to equalise, nevertheless while chances are being created there is no concern from the Manager:
“I think the initial frustration is not winning the game but the way that we’ve performed was outstanding, first half particularly.
“The goalkeeper’s produced numerous saves in the game and we’re delighted with how we’ve gone about the play, we’ll keep working with the players because the process that we’re going through and how we’re playing has been nothing but fantastic.
“That said I think we’ve become the victims of some poor decisions today, I think Tyreik Wright’s is a penalty all day long I don’t understand how that’s not given, then Matty Lund gets sized down as well and that’s, in our opinion having seen it again, another penalty.
“You only have to look then at the goal, again we’ve been fortunate because we’ve seen it back, but the goal’s offside.”
Of the two changes from Tuesday night, loanee Corrie Ndaba impressed at the back in place of Jordan Turnbull. The 21-year-old arrived from Ipswich Town on loan late last night and only came to The Peninsula Stadium ahead of kick-off, but his performance impressed the Manager.
“We’ve got Corrie that travels four-and-a-half hours last night in the car to come and play, he’s met the lads today at 1 o’clock and the way that he went about it and the performance was terrific.
“We’ve got to thank Paul Cook, Paul Cook was magnificent in allowing him to come up. We knew Jordan Turnbull was struggling but we got it done, big thanks to Karen and Andy Giblin to get that done before 12 o’clock and he drove up.
“He was really keen to come, I met him last night at the hotel and we’re delighted with how he’s performed.”
The Ammies have a week now before Newport County visit The Peninsula Stadium next Saturday, and Gary says they will make the most of it:
“It’s been intense, and it’s up to us now to have a real good week’s work, which we’ve done anyway in the build-up to games, but just to recover a little bit and go again because we’ll keep building on these performances.”