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BERNARD MORLEY described Salford City as trying to be ‘too pretty’ as they slipped to a first defeat of 2018 at Brackley Town.

On a very heavy pitch after a deluge of rain at St. James Park, the hosts took a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes with top scorer Aaron Williams and Alex Gudger both finding the back of the net.

The Ammies responded and created a number of chances before half time and into the second half, but didn’t manage to get a goal until the 90th minute when Jake Beesley tapped in.

Despite six minutes of added time, the league leaders couldn’t find an equaliser although Anthony Dudley came close as Brackley ran the clock down.

“I’d like to think we had a good go second half to try and get back in the game but we tried to play too much pretty stuff on a pitch that wouldn’t allow you to do that. No excuses for the pitch because we had a good win last week and I heard people going away saying ‘the pitch wasn’t good enough’.

“You have to adapt, you have to play with what’s there and we’ve never made excuses for what we play on.

“I feel at times we try to win games too pretty, sometimes you have to be ugly, win games ugly as they’ve done today. They came at us in the first 10 minutes and before you know it you see yourself 2-0 down.”

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There were no changes to the side that beat Harrogate Town 2-1 at The Peninsula Stadium last weekend, but it was changes from the bench that pulled a goal back for Salford.

Anthony Dudley lifted a free-kick into the area which Michael Nottingham headed down and pulled across for Beesley to tap in his second of the season.

“I always felt with 10 minutes to go we’d still get something, I always do, I’m that type of person, that type of manager, I always feel like we’d get back in it and were unfortunate at times but did we do enough?

“If we’d have got a draw they’d have been disappointed but we fought, we got stuck in, we worked hard, don’t question the lads’ desire or work rate in terms of how they applied themselves but I think desire in the final third sometimes, getting on the end of things, gambling in the areas of the pitch where you don’t think the ball’s going to go but then it does; basics really.

“But again it was never going to be easy coming up here today, we all know that.

“It’s gone, it’s done, it’s a defeat and on paper you don’t look at Brackley and think ‘that’s a terrible decision losing there’.

“They’re a good side, they’re organised, they do the basics right. It’s not pretty but they’ve been knocking on the door for the last three years and they’re consistent in how they play, fair play to them, they’ve narrowed the gap and that’s that.

“We’ve just got to shrug it off and look forward to next Saturday against Bradford at home.”

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