Salford City head across the Pennines for the last game before Christmas when we visit Bradford City (KO 15:00).
More accustomed to visiting Park Avenue, the 25,000 Utilita Energy Stadium will be a new experience for the travelling Ammies fans.
The Bantams were relegated from League One last season but under Gary Bowyer are looking good for a return to the third tier at the first time of asking.
With an average home crowd of just over 14,000 it could be the biggest crowd Salford have played in front of on Saturday, but Graham Alexander says it’s a chance for the club to rise up to.
“It’s a massive venue, an ex-Premier League venue, so it’s a great opportunity for our players, our team, for our supporters to go there and showcase what Salford City is about.
“The players have trained well so far this week, we’ll get down to the final match planning tomorrow [Friday], but these are the sorts of venues that the club and the players consistently want to play at so it’s a good test.
“They’re a good team, first and foremost, before what size crowd it’s going to be and the size of the ground, it’s the team who we’re playing and they’re a good team as well so we’ll go there positive, looking to get the result, but it’s a tough game for us.”
Saturday comes with Salford aiming to end back-to-back 1-0 defeats at Colchester United and against Exeter City. Stretching back to Macclesfield Town it’s three league games without a goal, but that’s not through lack of effort and The Gaffer is reassured that the good performances we have seen will yield the results they’ve deserved.
“Looking at last week’s performance, the improvement from the week before’s performance, we certainly feel the results were a little bit unjust but that’s the nature of football, but the performances for me showed gradual improvement and a lot to be positive about.
“It shows ourselves and the players that we’re on the right path, we’re doing the right things in training. The players are taking the work on board and trying to put it in place when the pressure’s on.
“We haven’t got the rewards as in the goals we wanted to score, but certainly our general performance and our general defensive performance has been quite good and, you know, over the course of three, five, six months, if you do the right things more often then you’ll get the results.
“It’s not a guarantee for any one off game – results can happen regardless of possession, shots and all that sort stuff – but over the course of a season you generally, if you perform well, you get the results you deserve.”
Official Supporters Travel is sold out – thank you for your support and wishing all fans a safe journey to Bradford!