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Graham Alexander, Salford City 0-4 Forest Green RoversSalford City suffered a 4-0 defeat at home to Forest Green Rovers after a dominant first half performance from the Gloucestershire side.

Two goals from Matt Stevens and Aaron Collins in the first 16 minutes put the visitors in control of the game, and Ebou Adams added a third before the break.

Cameron Burgess slammed a shot into the roof of the net before the half was out, but it was ruled out for a handball in the build up.

A double change at half time for Salford resulted in more chances, but none were taken before Stevens notched his second just before the hour mark to put the game to bed.

“It’s not the ideal start is it,” said Graham Alexander after the game.

“When you work so hard during the week, the players work so hard during the week and then within three minutes or so we go 1-0 to a lack of basics; 50/50 challenge, don’t make it, then it’s too easy for them to score a goal.

“At the minute we have a vulnerability as we showed last week against Crewe that if we don’t concede we’re a good team, but at the moment when we concede that goes out the window, we take a step back, and we’re unsure about whether we should go for a challenge or not, make a pass or not, have a shot or not, and at the minute we’re in that halfway stage in our minds and it’s costing us dearly.

“At 3-0 you see it out and that’s what they did, they allowed us to have some opportunities from distance, we got some decent balls into the box, we never got a clean contact on the majority of them. But I’m not going to be distracted by the second half or convinced that the second half was a much better performance because it’s easy to play when the pressure of the result is off you.

“Realistically we would have had to score early in the second half and then that’s all we talked about at half time was getting that first goal to give us something, to give the crowd something to believe in with us, who were again magnificent because we didn’t really give them much to cheer about but the majority of them were still there.

“What we need to see is a commitment if we do go a goal down we need to compete and challenge and get on the ball, make those passes and have a clear mind. Unfortunately today, as it was in the second half last week, we’ve been found wanting on that so that’s where the work has to be centred on but it’s not an overnight thing, it’s a thing that happens over several weeks.”

The Ammies are back in action away at Walsall next weekend.

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