Hamstring injuries to key defenders Wes Baynes and Sam Barnes in the opening 21 minutes meant Colwyn Bay had to totally rejig their back four, and Salford were able to totally dominate proceedings and took a 2-0 lead into the break with goals from the experienced Danny Webber and a superb header by Jordan Hulme.
Manager Ash Hoskin read the riot act at half-time and changed the formation to a 3-5-2.
Gradually they got into the game, started to play some good football and were able to turn things around with those two late goals.
Substitute Archie Love got his first for the club with a shot on the turn which the keeper could only help into the net and then, with seven minutes left, Kevin Holsgrove’s deflected pass teed up a chance for Chris Sharp to rifle in the equaliser.
Salford substitute Matt Chadwick hit the outside of the post and put another effort inches wide in the closing minutes, while Chris Sanna made an excellent block at the feet of Hulme, before the final whistle heralded a great point and a spirited fightback.
The manager admitted he “lost it at half-time” and described the first half display as “by far the worst in my time at the club.”
He added: “I am not going to use the injuries as an excuse. We were just not at the races. We didn’t play any football and it was totally unacceptable for the people who travelled from Colwyn Bay.
“I won’t accept the players putting in a performance like that and told them so, but to be fair I got a great reaction second half.
“We changed things to a 3-5-2 because 4-4-2 wasn’t working and I thought we got in amongst them, didn’t let them dictate the way they did in the first half, and in the end I was delighted with a point.
“Now we have to take that second half performance into the next match against what will be a very, very good Darlington side on Saturday.”
The manager has also revealed that Harry Clayton has left the club to find regular football elsewhere, but the club are trying to bring in a replacement.
Colwyn Bay: Chris Sanna, Wes Baynes (Mike Lea 9 mins), Luke Denson, Kevin Holsgrove, Sam Barnes (Archie Love 21mins), Jordan Fagbola, Robbie Booth, Carl Rodgers, Chris Sharp, Rob Hopley, Cory Williams. Subs not used: Brandon Zibaka, John Dillon, Zac Corbett.