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Port Vale, Salford City, Jake Beesley, The Peninsula Stadium, Salford City 1-1 Port ValeJake Beesley came off the bench to score in stoppage time as Salford City earned a 1-1 draw against Port Vale.

The Valiants had taken the lead late on themselves through substitute Richie Bennett as he scored at the near post in the 80th minute, catching Salford out at the back.

However The Ammies pushed on and in the 93rd minute Tom Walker floated a free kick into the Vale area which Beesley rose highest to head his first Salford goal since January 2018.

After the game, manager Graham Alexander says he felt it was a deserved point for his side, who have now won one, drawn one and lost one of their opening three games in the Football League.

“It’s down to the players to dig themselves out of the hole in the last five minutes but we know what these lads are capable of, and all the subs we brought on; Tom, Rory and Bees. 

“I’m delighted for Bees to get his league account off the mark, it was a great header, a great ball in as well and the spirit and determination from the boys was there for all to see. 

“I thought first half we were comfortable, we had opportunities without taking them but I thought we lost a little bit of care on the ball, discipline, in the second half and we got countered quite a few times, with the goal as well, but the one thing about the players they showed great spirit to come back and deservedly got a point.”

Jake Beesley

Beesley spent last season on loan at National League North side Bradford Park Avenue, where he finished as top scorer.

The 22-year-old says he hopes he can continue that form and continue to impress and make an impact back at Salford.

“Going behind so late it’s important that we reacted and got an equaliser, and thankfully we did.

“It was important for me to go and get games last year, in my career I’ve not played a lot of games, obviously I went and got those games, scored quite a lot of goals so I think I’ve brought that this season into the team and hopefully it can carry on.

“I feel like I’ve done okay, I’m trying to impress in training, work as hard as I can. When I get minutes coming on I feel like I just want to impress, and try to do that every time; come on and make an impact.”

Next up for Salford is a trip to Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night, kick-off 19:45 at Home Park.

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