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ANTHONY JOHNSON says that Salford City must move on quickly after the 3-0 defeat to Chorley at The Peninsula Stadium on Saturday.

First half goals from former Ammie Nick Haughton and Marcus Carver set The Magpies on course for three points.

Josh O’Keefe scored a third in the second half to seal the points as Salford were later reduced to 10 men when Scott Burton was shown a straight red card.

However despite the defeat, Johnson was quick to say Salford need to move on with a double-header derby against FC United of Manchester coming up in a few days.

“We’ve said to the lads there’s no time to dwell, there’s no time to look at any negatives from today and it’s one of them we put a line under.

“It’s far from what we expected and if we’re being honest they deserved the win. 

“Do I think 3-0 flattered them? No I don’t, I think they deserved the score line as well. 

“When you play Chorley if you don’t do the basics right, if you’re not prepared to do the basics right, all the buzzwords, clichés then you’re going to become unstuck because that’s what they are. 

“We tried to play in the first half, maybe over play, but it was our lack of cutting edge in the final third, creating things, passing up opportunities to cross the ball, passing up opportunities to shoot, little things as I said about the basics and that’s what you saw from Chorley. 

“It was a great strike from Nick [Haughton], allowing the lad to come inside, great finish off him then Scott trying to head the one back and getting stuck under Liam, uncharacteristic mistakes. 

“I said after the Brackley game, and I’ll say it again today, we can’t keep expecting the back five to keep us in games and pinch something at the other end because they’re good sides at this level of football and Chorley are certainly one of them so, we’ve got to start being a bit more ruthless, a bit more clinical and taking opportunities that arise. 

“We work on them and hopefully we can put it to bed on Boxing Day.”

Salford remain top despite defeat, although the gap is now six points, and travel to Broadhurst Park on Boxing Day.

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