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Gary Bowyer talks to the media after Salford City's 1-1 draw against Grimsby TownIbou Touray’s 88th minute strike rescued a point for Salford City against struggling Grimsby Town.

The Mariners took the lead with the first attack of the game when Harry Clifton drilled a low shot past Vaclav Hladky. Salford’s number one then had to make a couple of decent saves to deny Jay Matete and Lenell John-Lewis before the break.

Gary Bowyer switched things up midway through the second half with substitute Richie Towell slamming a decent effort just wide before Ian Henderson was denied on the line.

With a couple of minutes to spare though Touray’s sublime shot glided into the top corner, and there was still time for James McKeown to clear another effort off the line from a late corner.

The draw ends Salford’s goal drought and Bowyer, taking charge of his first game at The Peninsula Stadium, was pleased to see the team salvage something.

“I thought first half we started not great and we needed to get on the front foot more, but I thought in the second half the players responded and deserved the draw.

“I thought Ibou Touray was terrific for us all game, his delivery from the set plays and the balls he put in from open play were terrific, we just needed to get on the end of that. But the fighting spirit was there from us, we kept going until the end and it’s a wonderful strike to get us the equaliser.

“We were speaking in the week with Ibby about how many goals he scored last year in comparison to this season, I think that’s his first of the season… Hopefully he can finish the season strongly and contribute a few more but it’s never just down to the strikers, we need everybody contributing with goals but hopefully now with that one it starts to push on for us.

“Going into these games we know it’s going to need the whole squad to make a contribution, I’m delighted with the reaction of the subs when they came onto the pitch, and we’ll look at that ready for Monday now.”

Salford drop to 11th, but the gap to the play-offs is now five points after results elsewhere and next up is a trip to play-off hopefuls Forest Green Rovers on Monday.

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