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Salford City earned a point from a difficult afternoon at Scunthorpe United through Conor McAleny’s equaliser.

The hosts opened the scoring before half time when a mix up in the Salford backline allowed striker Ryan Loft to tap into an empty net, giving The Irons a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

It was a more spirited second-half showing from The Ammies with a noticeable boost in intensity from the whistle and it was a well-worked move by Gary Bowyer’s side to put them on level terms.

Having just had a scare and avoiding going two behind, after a Salford own goal was ruled out for offside, it was a quick thinking move from back to front finishing with McAleny dispatching his second goal of the season calmly.

“We were nowhere near the standard of what we expect compared to what we have produced this season. We conceded another comical goal which has ricocheted right into their lad, but in the build-up there were people not tracking their runners and not doing their jobs.

“The reaction from the players at half time, we saw an uplift in intensity and as a result score a good goal.”

Currently working with a barebones squad, stricken with 11 absentees, Bowyer gave a professional debut to Marcus Dackers who appeared off the bench, and a spot in the starting line up to Kelly N’Mai, the first academy player to start for the Club.

“We wanted to give Kelly his opportunity and he has earned it. I think he showed flashes of quality today, it’s a big ask to ask a 17-year-old but the progress he’s made this season is terrific.

“This week we’ve been forced to recall Dackers and Berkoe from their loans which show you how stretched we are. Dackers nearly grabbed the winner so there’s loads to build on from today but to expect those two to carry the fight is a little bit unfair on them because of how young they are.”

The last 30 minutes saw Salford have two penalty claims turned down by referee Josh Smith. Brandon Thomas-Asante went down on the byline only to be greeted with a yellow card by the official. In 16 league games this season, Salford are yet to be awarded a penalty to the Manager’s frustration;

“We haven’t had a penalty all season – all season – you will not see two penalties as easy as that tonight.

“The first one, I don’t know what the word is to describe how he hasn’t given that. Not only does he not give it but he books him and then doesn’t book Josh Morris later.”

It’s three games unbeaten now for Salford but Bowyer knows he and his squad are a long way off where they would like to be. The Ammies travel to fifth place Harrogate next weekend in what looks to be another testing fixture.

“We have to take the positives, we won against Leeds we won against Dagenham and then we’ve come here today and took a point. Obviously we would’ve liked more but we’ve got to try and create momentum and go from here.”