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Salford City 1-1 Maidstone United, Graham Alexander, Salford City, The Peninsula StadiumSalford City face a replay away at Maidstone United to determine who will progress to the Buildbase FA Trophy Fourth Round.

Neither club has appeared in the competition’s last eight, and will have to play another game to earn the achievement after Mani Dieseruvwe cancelled out Michael Phillips’ opener, the third goal he has scored in as many games in this season’s competition.

Under the floodlights at a damp Peninsula Stadium both teams were guilty of stray passes, under-hit passes and not testing the goalkeepers too much, and after a bit of pressure towards the end The Ammies could have nicked a win, but Devante Rodney rolled a shot narrowly wide.

All in all Graham Alexander was relatively pleased with his changed side’s performance, but on another day more precise finishing could have settled the tie.

“It was a tough game, I thought it was evenly fought between the two teams,” said the manager.

“It was a good game for our young players to play a game against an opponent from The National Leauge which was excellent experience for them, but I thought the game got very scruffy towards the end. The condition of the pitch with the weather bought down the quality to be honest.

“We had a fantastic chance right at the end which we didn’t take, from that perspective it was disappointing we didn’t get that winning goal but there are some good point, especially for the younger players.

“I thought we defended well tonight, didn’t give too many opportunities away so that’s another positive but we’re probably looking for a little bit more of a clinical edge when we get into those goalscoring areas.”

Linganzi Debut

Graham Alexander, Salford City, Amine Linganzi, Salford City 1-1 Maidstone UnitedAs well as game time for some of the younger players in the squad, there was a debut for new signing Amine Linganzi who hasn’t played 90 minutes since May 2018.

“He started well then sort of, I wouldn’t say disappeared, but the game passed him by for 20 minutes before the end of the first half. I spoke to him at half time about getting on the ball as many times as possible, but just growing himself into the game, keep the passes simple and quick and clean which he did. 

“It’s been a long time since Amine’s played in a senior, professional match so we weren’t expecting wonders, but we just wanted to make sure he was fit and able because we already know the quality he’s got, I think he needs more games but that’s why we brought him off, we wanted this to be a positive experience.”

A date is yet to be arranged for the replay, keep an eye on the website and social media for the announcement.

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