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Brandon Thomas-Asante snatched a point for nine-man Salford City deep into stoppage time against Bristol Rovers.

The Ammies trailed to Sam Nicholson’s first half finish, and were reduced to 10-men before the break after Matty Willock was shown red for a 50/50 challenge on Sam Finley.

However for all their control Bristol couldn’t further capitalise on their lead, even after substitute Ash Hunter was also shown a straight red for using an elbow in a challenge on Josh Grant. Salford hadn’t created much either, but in the sixth minute of nearly 20 minutes of stoppage time – due to a head injury to James Belshaw and a crowd incident – Thomas-Asante latched onto a Tom Elliott flick, cut back and levelled for the hosts.

There was a further twist as Brett Pitman headed in what looked like a late winner at the back stick, but as he turned to celebrate in front of the away support the flag went up for offside.

A point extends Salford’s unbeaten run this month, and Gary Bowyer says his side must carry on that momentum with neighbours Oldham Athletic up next.

“The main thing is the effort and the willingness of the players to keep going and keep going right to the bitter end. To be down to nine men and get an equaliser is a credit to the players that were on the pitch, and the spirit that they had and the work that they showed was phenomenal.

“That’s five games unbeaten in all competitions now and we’ve got to keep that momentum going. We’ll look at the areas that we feel we can get better at from tonight’s game then recover and go again Saturday.”

Saturday’s game has been designated as all-ticket, the ticket office is open on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday morning, or you can buy online.

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