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SALFORD CITY manager Graham Alexander says there are positives for his side to take despite Rory Gaffney having to score late on to salvage a point against bottom side Braintree Town at The Peninsula Stadium.

The league leaders started the game off in the perfect manner when Gaffney put them ahead with no more than 40 seconds on the clock, but Braintree’s top scorer Mohammed Bettamer struck twice to put the visitors in the driving seat and on course for a win until Gaffney equalised in the 94th minute.

“First of all we’ve got to look at the positives,” said the 47-year-old. 

“It’s another game unbeaten and it keeps us top of the league, and the will of the players and the team in the last 10-15 minutes was excellent. 

“But we can’t close our eyes and ignore the issues we had throughout the game to put ourselves in that position and we needed a late equaliser so there’s things to learn from today but I’m delighted with the players.

“I don’t know if that might have been counter-productive to us, you’ve got the team that’s bottom of the table and take the lead after 30 seconds or something, and you might allow yourself to think it’s an easy game.

“We’ve played a lot of games as coaching staff as well and we understand there’s a lot of games where mentality can be affected by things that happen in a game and I thought that happened today so we had to fight through that and get something from the game, so we’ll take a point, put it on top of the tally, learn from today and make sure we’re better next time.”