Salford City are looking for back-to-back away wins when they visit Bradford City’s Utilita Energy Stadium on Saturday (KO 15:00).
The Ammies have had a solid start to the new year with a 2-0 at Newport County and a well-earned point at home to second place Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday night.
Brandon Thomas-Asante made his 100th appearance for the Club midweek, and feels Salford were unfortunate not to take maximum points from the game. Returning to the ground where he first captured the imaginations of Ammies, the 23-year-old is looking forward to the weekend.
“We were dominant for large parts of the game. In a lot of the games recently, with the momentum we’ve been picking up, we don’t want to come away with anything less than three points. It was a bitter pill to swallow but it makes us even hungrier for the next game.
“I remember the first time I played against Bradford; it was my second game I believe and I got an assist for Adam Rooney which was a really memorable moment on a personal note. I think the boys really dug in that day, Bradford played an expansive game and we had to be resilient.
“We played really well that day so I’d actually say that was one of my favourite moments, but I’m grateful for my time here so far and I’m really thankful to the fans, players, staff and Managers that have helped me and pushed me to this point.”
The Ammies head to the 25,136-capacity Valley Parade unbeaten in three League Two outings and two points ahead of 14th-place Bradford, and when the sides met earlier in the season Matthew Lund left it late to snatch a 1-0 win in the 90th minute.
Thomas-Asante says Salford have enjoyed playing away at Bradford, also leaving it late to win 1-0 in April’s visit, and whilst acknowledging the strengths of the home side he believes when the Ammies play with confidence they can be a formidable unit. Three points on Saturday would mean back-to-back away wins for the first time this season.
“We tend to be quite confident when we go to their ground, as long as we’re not complacent with it we can go in with confidence and put them on the back foot. They are a strong team but if we apply ourselves, we can implement our mark on any game.”
“It would be such a boost of confidence for the boys, it’s something we’ve had a focus on in the years I’ve been here. It’s not really happened for us this year, we’ve tended to win then struggle in the games after, our aim is to break that mould.”
With seven goals in all competitions, and five in League Two, the young striker is on his way to a personal best season in front of goal. He has scored three of those goals in his last four games, and has his sights set on more.
“As soon as possible I want to hit double figures. I definitely set myself high targets and although I’m close to beating my previous targets that’s not to say I’d be happy with that. I want to push on and be up there, not just at Salford but in the league top scorer’s tally. I have a lot to catch up on and to do that I have to work hard.”
Salford head to Bradford with a fresher looking squad, with new signings Stephen Kelly and Ryan Watson both hoping to be involved subject to clearances and ratification. However Ian Henderson remains sidelined along with Matty Willock and Luke Burgess, with a return date unknown. Ibou Touray is away with The Gambia at AFCON 2021.
Loanees Zach Jeacock and Tyreik Wright have returned to parent clubs Birmingham City and Aston Villa.