Salford City avoided a third straight defeat on the road with a 0-0 draw away at Southend United.
A timid first half saw Salford fail to manage a shot or test debutant Alex Bass, while at the other end Vaclav Hladky was also kept relatively quiet, saving an Emile Acquah header.
Things livened up in the second half with Ian Henderson being denied at close range by Harry Seaden, subbed on for Bass at half time. Moments later Di’Shon Bernard had a low shot held by Seaden before Ash Hunter’s strike in injury time was deflected wide as Salford put the pressure on.
However a point is all The Ammies had to show, although coach Warren Joyce says that bit-by-bit is all Salford can do with 16 games to go.
“You can’t fault the lads’ effort, determination and drive to try and win the game but obviously we’re disappointed in getting a point because we thought we deserved to get three, we had the better chances.
“They’re coming off the back of a good win, performance, in mid-week, so their confidence is high. We had a hell of a long journey down yesterday, seven-and-a-half hours, and we looked like that, a bit leggy in the first half but they kept trying to play the right things, the sharpness wasn’t quite there in the first half.
“The second half the attitude to drive the game when they’re tired and the subs coming on, the energy was good and I thought we deserved the three points.
“We’ve got to do two steps forward, two steps forward, a step forward, half a step forward, we’ve got to keep going. There’s a lot of points left this season, we’ve got to keep picking points up if we can, every single game, getting something out of every single game that we play in.”
Salford drop to ninth after results elsewhere but have back-to-back home games this week against Port Vale and Scunthorpe United.