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Graham Alexander, Salford City, Salford City 1-1 Burton AlbionGraham Alexander was pleased with Salford City’s reaction after they came from a goal down to earn an FA Cup First Round replay at Burton Albion.

The Brewers had taken the lead when Scott Fraser found a way to divert Nathan Broadhead’s cross past Chris Neal in the 78th minute.

However The Ammies set about their task and replied when Richie Towell, having missed an earlier chance, scored a brilliant long-range goal to keep Salford in the hat for the Second Round draw.

“I thought we played really well today, I really do,” said the Gaffer.

“I thought we started the game in really impressive fashion, created some real good opportunities, Burton had to change what they were doing to combat what we were doing so that’s a good bit of respect from a good team. 

“Second half they started better than us but then we got back into it and I thought we played some real good attacking football today.

“We’re disappointed with going a goal down because I didn’t think we deserved to go a goal down at the time, but Burton have got some real good attacking players, we know about them, once they put the boy Akins up top I thought he created a few problems but the response of the team was excellent. 

“There was no heads going down, the crowd got behind us and like you say I thought it was a stunning goal, worthy of getting something out of the game and I felt that if we got beat today it would have been a little bit unjust. 

“To be fair it was two good football teams I thought competed in the right way, I thought it was a good game to see for a neutral but we have to do it all over again.”

A replay date is yet to be confirmed due to Burton having players on international duty and fixtures starting to pile up. 

Meanwhile the draw for the Second Round takes place on Monday, however the Gaffer says it’s important that his side focuses on the replay before considering who Salford could face should they be successful at The Pirelli Stadium.

“It’s always one of those, you get the draw and everyone’s talking about that but you’ve still got a game to play and sometimes if you’re not careful and you don’t focus right it can affect the actual performance in the replay so that’s the one thing we’ve got to do with whoever we get in the draw.

“It’s us and Burton who get them, but we have to make sure that we go into the replay as concentrated and focused as we were today and play to the same levels, that’s the only way we’ve got a chance of winning; if we play to the same levels. 

“But it keeps the excitement going, we’re looking forward to the draw and being involved in it, but we have to win a game to really get that next one.”