Alfreton Town boss John McDermott cursed his side’s luck after a narrow defeat away at National League North leaders Salford City on Saturday.

The Reds put in a plucky performance but a Mani Dieseruvwe goal three minutes into injury time saw them heartbroken and nothing to show for their efforts in Greater Manchester.

McDermott said: “Yet again we’re not getting the rub of the green; corners bounce down to a red [Salford] shirt, balls ricochet to a red shirt. We’re not getting that little bit of luck.

“But it will turn. I’ve said to the lads you’ve got to work hard to get that – and when you’re top of the league you get that.

“We rode our luck at times, let’s be right about that, they missed a few chances, but that was what the game is about – end to end stuff.

“The last two games we’ve been against the top two sides in this league who have not been beaten in many games. We should possibly have got three points against Harrogate at home.

“And looking at that we deserved a minimum point here, if not maybe sneak it – who knows?

“Whatever I say in the dressing rooms now isn’t going to claw anything back from this game, it’s not going to make us feel any better. The only comfort we’re going to get is by going out and beating York [next Saturday].”

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