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Graham Alexander, Salford City, Salford City 0-2 Cheltenham TownSalford City fell to a second defeat of the season at home to Cheltenham Town on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Broom scored a goal in each half for the visitors to give them their first away win since March.

The game was disrupted in the first half by injuries to Richie Towell and Jack Baldwin, but on the more positive side Alex Doyle became the first Salford City academy player to feature in the Football League when he came on for Towell after half an hour.

Graham Alexander was pleased for Doyle, the staff and the club, but was disappointed with his side’s performance.

“It was an okay start, I thought we pressed them well, turned the ball over in good areas but I thought we lacked the quality to take advantage of that.

“[We] suffered a couple of bad injuries, you could see for the first goal that Jack was struggling,  just spoke to him there and he said he tried to stay on when he should have just been up front and say I couldn’t play.

“I thought there was a lack of chances for both teams to be honest throughout the game, there was a handful for both teams, they took the couple that they had, we didn’t take any of ours and we didn’t create enough anyway, certainly for the home team, so it was a real disappointing day all round really.

Alex Doyle, Salford City“For me I’m not going to hide behind a couple of injuries happening in a game because they happen and to be honest I thought when Alex Doyle came on he was the best player for the rest of the game so I don’t think it hampered our performance.

“Everyone that’s helped Doyley along the way, obviously the Academy staff, him himself has to take massive credit because he’s trained with us a lot last season, he’s been around the squad, he’s competitive, he’s intelligent, he takes on tactical instruction.

“When it comes down to fighting and competing he’s all in, there’s no holding back from him he’s going to do anything it takes to win a game of football and be a professional footballer.”

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