Salford City miss out on the chance to put pressure on the teams above them in the play-off places after their 0-0 draw at home to Crawley Town in League Two.
The Ammies could have moved within five points of the play-off places but were unable to score as the search for their first league home win of 2020 continues.
The hosts enjoyed most of the chances in the first-half despite not being able to find the net.
Bruno Andrade, a new signing from last month’s transfer window, found himself with space at the edge of the box several times. But the Portuguese national could only hit the target once out of his three efforts.
Tom Elliott came closest to breaking the deadlock when he met Ibou Touray’s cross, but Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris tipped Elliott’s looping header over the crossbar.
If Crawley’s top goalscorer Ollie Palmer was told to torment the Salford defence today then it is exactly what he was doing. Palmer was getting physical with the Salford players, in particularly the Salford captain Liam Hogan.
Palmer believed he was through on goal with only Kyle Letheran to beat. But Hogan, determined not to be outdone on his birthday, forced Palmer wide and his challenged took the power out of Palmer’s shot.
Ashley Hunter may have counted himself lucky not to have been sent off after he lunged in with both feet on Crawley’s Josh Dacres-Cogley. The challenge caused a bust up between the two teams, with Elliott having to pick up and carry Crawley’s George Francomb away. Franncomb luckily saw the funny side.
Craig Conway almost made an immediate impact coming off the bench. The Scotsman was found on the right hand side with plenty of space, with his shot inches away from finding the bottom corner.
Manny Adebowale came the closest to scoring for Crawley, when he should have scored his free header from the six-yard box. But apart from than this Adebowale missed header, Crawley hardly tested the Salford goal, leaving Graham Alexander further frustrated with his teams missed chances.
Salford host fourth-placed Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday which will prove to be a tough test.
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