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‘Disappointing’: Paul Scholes bemoans lack of quality after hard-fought draw with Crawley Town

Interim Salford City head coach Paul Scholes was left disappointed with his side’s creativity in the final third after battling to a 1-1 draw with Crawley Town in appalling weather conditions.

Scholes made no changes to the eleven he picked for the win against Southend United on Tuesday evening and despite going a goal-up through James Wilson midway through the second half, they were pegged back shortly after against the run of play.

“We missed that quality in the last third really, which was disappointing.

“In this league it’s always going to be hard, if you don’t put teams away, they’re capable of coming on strong [in the] last twenty minutes and scoring goals and we found that today.”

Former Manchester United forward Wilson took his tally to four goals in four matches with a wonderful turn and finish from outside the penalty area to give The Ammies the lead.

“That’s what he is, James Wilson is a match-winner for us and a match-winner in this league.

“The trouble with Willo is that he’s not played loads of football but now in the last four weeks he’s started to play a lot and hopefully if he can keep on playing, we’ll get the rewards from him.”

Defensive errors were the catalyst for the Crawley equaliser, but Scholes felt that the opposition were worth their point.

“I’ve just had a look at it and there’s a couple of mistakes we could have cut out, but saying that I think Crawley came back into the game well and did they deserve it? Probably just about.”

Salford travel to Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night and Scholes expects another difficult night for his side.

“Again, it’ll be another tough game.

“We’ve got some good players, we know that, but no team are going to lie back and just let you play and score goals.

“We need to be ready and get freshened up after today, it’s been a tough afternoon [with the] weather as well especially was really bad. “We’ll get back in tomorrow and get working towards Tuesday.”

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