Neil Wood, Salford 0 Barrow 0. Credit: Salford City YouTube

Salford City boss Neil Wood said his team need to take their chances after a nil-nil away draw to Barrow AFC on Saturday.

The Ammies dominated on the ball having the lion’s share of possession, however struggled to covert this control into goals.

Wood said: “For the possession we had, we had to turn that possession into chances and we’ve probably had maybe two or three clear-cut chances there, big chances that we potentially could do a little bit better with so something to get better at.

“We always want to win but [Barrow] a really tough place to come. It’s going to be a battle; it’s going to be hard and you’re looking for the fine margins just to get you over the line and take a chance so we’ll take the point.

“It keeps us another game without defeat and another game with a clean sheet which is a major positive for us and we move on to the next game.”

Even though the result was not what the Ammies wanted, the Salford Head Coach saw the value in the outcome of the game.

He said: “I thought we had good control at good parts of the game and turning the possession into the attack which we work on quite a lot.

“We needed to just be a little bit better at that so like I say good results bad results there’s always a lot of learning and a lot of things for us to get better at”

Wood mentioned his side’s “habit” of committing “self-inflicted” mistakes that have been an unwanted constant in recent weeks.

He said: “We have total control and we’re playing in good spaces and all of a sudden we just invite the pressure and bring a mistake on us when we don’t need to.

“They’re the moments I’m talking about where where we can turn the possession into an attack or we can get into their half of the pitch better and control the play and that’s definitely something we need to improve on.”

This draw means Salford have now lost only one game in their last seven, a huge switch in form since the beginning of the season.

“The blip that we had that’s a major positive from where we were from there, we feel like we’re getting some bodies back now that will strengthen us up.

“We need to get them match fit that’s the the next challenge, it’s good getting some bodies back but we need them in the right condition to be match sharp and match fit so we have to slowly build that up.”

One of the silver lining’s for Salford came in the form of Conor McAleny who made his first appearance after a month on the sidelines.

The Ammies forward came off injured against Burnley in the EFL Cup in September.

Neil Wood said: “He’s one that we have to get match sharp now match fit and we’re going to have to build his minutes up over the next couple of games to get him back back to the levels that we know he can get at.

“We felt like bringing him on with the last 10 minutes we felt might have just changed the shape. did we need to do it? I know he’s good for a goal but you know it’s not it’s not the worst thing in the world taking a point away.”

The Ammies have started to turn their form around this season after finding themselves concerningly close to the bottom of the table only a month ago.

Since then Salford have risen to 13th place and sit only six points away from the play-off places.

Neil Wood’s men play Manchester United U-21s tomorrow in the EFL Trophy at the Peninsula.

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