The curse of Essex struck again as Colchester United left The Peninsula Stadium with a 2-1 win.
Salford have never beaten a side from the southern county, with Braintree Town also being a frustrating thorn in the side last season.
On a saturated and muddy pitch it was the hosts who created the better chances with James Wilson and Brandon Thomas-Asante going close.
Ash Hunter eventually converted for his second Salford goal since joining on loan from Fleetwood Town, but The Ammies were already 2-0 down.
Despite controlling the possession and territory in the second half, there was no equaliser to come leaving Salford winless in six home league games in 2020.
“We’ve conceded from extremely little opportunities given to the opposition,” said Graham Alexander, “but we have to look at ourselves and how we’ve conceded them because I think they’re poor goals, really poor goals, both of them, considering where they picked the ball up.
“But over the course of the game we’ve had numerous opportunities, created so many chances and had opportunities and we haven’t took them, and it’s déja vu for us at home because we have this issue at the moment where we’re certainly not taking the points that we deserve from our performances.
“We’re scratching our heads here because usually when you have consistent performances and create consistent chances, and don’t give much away, you can take one or two games going against you, but now it’s three or four in the last month or so.
“We have to keep going, we have to keep performing as we did – certainly in the second half – because that is the only way to win, we can’t bank on not playing well, not creating any chances and hoping to nick a 1-0 win, we have to continue to not give many opportunities away, keep trying to create and try to find that quality in front of goal that will give us the points that we need.”