Isolated mistakes again cost Salford City as they lost by the odd goal in five to Plymouth Argyle at The Peninsula Stadium.
For the second game in a row The Ammies created a plethora of chances at home, but it wasn’t until James Wilson came off the bench that they were taken, by which time Salford were having to pull themselves level, twice, only to concede in stoppage time.
It brings to an end a six-game unbeaten run, with Salford 10 points off the play-offs with 13 games to go.
Graham Alexander says that he was encouraged by what he saw though, and the high number of chances being created.
“I thought we were the dominant team, it was a goal against the run of play from one of their first entries into our box but the reaction from the players was good, and the second half was very action packed and competitive.
“We’ve created even more chances today than we had on Saturday but we shot ourselves in the foot with the goals we conceded.
“James and Brandon, they’re good young players and we had to change something to break the deadlock with us getting back into the game, and they both made a great impact into the performance.
“We’ve had an awful amount of shots again, we’ve tested the keeper, but it’s the manner of the goals, certainly after the way we’ve defended and played recently giving very little away, the actual manner of the goals they’re mistakes.
“To be fair to the lads they’ve admitted those mistakes and held their hands up so that’s what you have to do and we move onto the next game, but we’ve gone toe-to-toe with one of the teams at the top end of the division and as you can see there’s no gap, but we’ve been punished for a couple of poor mistakes.
“It’s difficult because you know how well you’ve played in general terms, you know how much you’ve created over the last two games, it’s frightening how many attempts on goal we’ve had but it’s encouraging that we are doing that and we are improving on that side of it.
“Tonight we were harshly punished and we have to take it on the chin, but we do have to take encouragement from how well we’ve played in both the last two games but we’ve been on the harsh end of the actual results.”
The 24-year-old came off the bench in the 61st minute and within a minute pulled Salford level as his header looped up, and despite the best attempts of Alex Palmer he couldn’t keep it from dropping under the crossbar.
Just seven minutes later Wilson was at it again as he controlled a Bruno Andrade cross from the left, held off and turned his marker at the top of the area before firing a clinical shot low into the bottom right-hand corner.
While it was a moment and a debut to savour, having scored a brace on his Manchester United debut in 2014 too, it was a ‘bittersweet’ one for the January signing.
“The result was a disappointment, I think we deserved more than to lose. Obviously I was delighted to come on and play my part to get the boys back in the game so it’s a bittersweet moment really.
“I think we had plenty of chances to go and win the game, ultimately they’ve taken three chances and we’ve only taken two so yeah like you say we could have done better, that’s just the way football goes, but I’m delighted to get back out and playing football again.”