Salford City’s New Year continued to be an unhappy one after Walsall took all three points from The Peninsula Stadium with a 2-1 win.
A first half goal from Caolan Lavery was added to by Josh Gordon in the second half, before Brandon Thomas-Asante pulled one back.
The 21-year-old has four goals in his last four, but it wasn’t enough for Salford to earn a point after Cameron Burgess’ late header was saved by Liam Roberts.
The Ammies haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league since the 0-0 draw with Macclesfield Town in November, and the habit of conceding is what’s costing them points at the moment according to Graham Alexander.
“That’s what can happen in the last minute, that’s not my disappointment.
“Obviously the result is a blow to us but the disappointment is the goals we conceded from nothing really, from our attacks, and against the run of play.
“We’re struggling at the minute to keep clean sheets in games that we’re in control of, and from limited chances for the opposition and we’re conceding, we’re putting ourselves under pressure, and undue pressure because I think our performances have warranted better results.
“But we can’t look at misfortune, we have to keep clean sheets and we have to stick the ball in the back of the net when we create these real good opportunities, it’s as simple as that.
“We’ve had, I feel after our Christmas results, the opportunity to really squeeze the gap on those play-offs and we’ve let it slide, and we can’t look at anyone else but ourselves.”
New loan signing Ash Hunter came off the bench at half time and helped Salford to an improved performance, and The Gaffer is excited by what he can add.
“We know what quality he has got, I felt that we didn’t show enough courage and commitment in the first half to take opportunities, we had enough of the ball to do that but we didn’t.
“I thought Ash gave us a bit of that, I thought the players themselves improved their performance but it’s about scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, and at the minute we can’t keep clean sheets and we’re certainly not taking the opportunities that we’re creating so that’s where the issue is, but certainly I know what Ash can bring and I think we’re looking forward to having him with us for the next few months.”
On Tuesday Salford put the league to one side as Port Vale visit The Peninsula Stadium in the Third Round of the Leasing.com Trophy. Tickets for the North Stand must be purchased in advance online or from the ticket office, and tickets for the West Stand will be available in advance or on the night.