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Salford City striker Ian Henderson takes a shot inside the penalty area, but is denied at close range by Tranmere goalkeeper Joe MurphySalford City moved a point closer to the play-offs despite a goalless draw away at Tranmere Rovers.

The visitors enjoyed more of the possession with Ian Henderson and Brandon Thomas-Asante both denied in the first half.

Just after the hour Rovers bared their teeth when Paul Lewis struck the bar, moments before former Ammie Danny Lloyd was superbly kept out by Vaclav Hladky. Henderson then had a decent opening blocked by Joe Murphy before James Vaughan’s low shot on the turn was saved.

A match that didn’t quite reach the same levels as Tuesday night, but it’s another point on the board. With results elsewhere Salford are now three points behind seventh place Newport County and for Gary Bowyer that was an important point.

“We’re a point closer than what we were at the start, I think we came and we’ve played against two teams who are in the play-offs, and people have spoke very highly of those teams and rightly so. 

“We’ve given a good account of ourselves in both games, and we’re delighted to have kept a clean sheet, we’ve come and took the game to Tranmere first half, we’re just unlucky with the chances we’ve created that we haven’t converted.

“The back four, the goalkeeper, the number of clean sheets we’ve had this year, it’s a credit to them and you just hope you can see it through and make sure you do take the point, there’s no point doing all that hard work that we have trying to get the win then just conceded.

“I think to a man you see the effort, the application from everybody and the energy that these lads have given over the last three games because it’s been tough, it’s been outstanding.

“We were on the front foot, created a few chances, it’s now just getting everybody to contribute, not just relying on the attackers, we need everybody contributing.”

There are 15 points left to play for, and next up Salford head down the M6 to Walsall on Tuesday evening.

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