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Salford City’s unbeaten start in League Two continues, but The Ammies were left with just a point after Tranmere Rovers’ late comeback at The Peninsula Stadium.

Scoring early is becoming a habit as Richie Towell put Salford ahead within two minutes, his low shot looping up off Peter Clarke and over Joe Murphy.

Having assisted the first, James Wilson then scored his first league goal of the season with a wonderful left footed effort into the top corner.

However the second half lacked the same intensity, and after Kieron Morris’ long range effort pulled one back in the 86th minute the inevitable happened on 93 minutes when Paul Lewis’ low shot beat Vaclav Hladky.

Not the result Salford should have come away with after the first half, and Graham Alexander made no excuses for his side’s collapse.

“We’re massively disappointed. It’s a result that was in our hands, we played superbly in the first half and did all the right things but those things were in contrast to the second half, we didn’t get going and we allowed Tranmere to get back into the game and to lose two points in the last couple of minutes is hard to take.

“Mindset, decision making. That’s it, possibly thinking the game was done at 2-0 and we could drop a gear, I don’t know.

“Sometimes you’ve got to give the opposition credit for changing a tactic or something but there’s things we weren’t doing in the second half which we were doing well in the first half, and we talk all the time about repeating the basics, doing the basics well and I don’t think we did that and when it got physical towards the end at both ends we were second best.

“Even though the goals came late, the whole of the second half for me wasn’t up to the standards that we’ve set in the last two and a half, three games and it’s cost us two valuable points today.

“I felt from the Exeter game and going into last week that we’d learned some harsh lessons, learned them well, put them into practice, we did that in the first half but second half we’ve took a step back and it’s cost us dearly.”

Salford briefly graced the top of the League Two table earlier in the afternoon, but drop to fifth ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Port Vale.