Exeter ended a run of three successive defeats as Gary Bowyer’s first sport answerable for Salford led to a 1-0 loss at St James Park.
Matt Jay scored the one purpose of a sport the place probabilities had been few and much between.
Salford began effectively and got here near scoring when Ian Henderson minimize within Alex Hartridge and fired in opposition to the underside of the crossbar. James Wilson turned the rebound goalwards however was denied by Rory McArdle’s wonderful goal-line clearance.
Exeter thought they need to have had a penalty when Jay’s cross was handballed, however nothing was given. Nonetheless, Metropolis’s high scorer opened the scoring on 34 minutes when he adopted in on a blocked Jake Taylor shot and tapped within the free ball.
The second half was extra attritional with few probabilities at both finish. Salford noticed extra of the ball however struggled to check Jokull Andresson within the Exeter purpose, whereas Exeter appeared content material to take a seat in, comprise and play on the break.
Salford’s Brandon Thomas-Asante did have one effort at purpose, which Andresson saved together with his foot, however Exeter defended fantastically and had been good worth for an essential win.