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Graham Alexander, Salford City, Forest Green Rovers v Salford CityGraham Alexander is hoping that Salford’s new signings can add that little bit extra in the remainder of the season.

The Ammies have lost their first three league games in 2020, all by one-goal margins and despite being the better side particularly in the last couple of weeks.

However with the additions of Ash Hunter, Tom Elliott, Bruno Andrade and Michael O’Connor there is more quality for The Gaffer to draw on.

“It has been a tough start to the New Year, I think certainly after the Christmas results we were expecting a better return from our league programme which hasn’t been the case. 

“Our performances have been there as I’ve said, but we haven’t turned them into results so that’s the aim for us, but every game is an opportunity for us.

“We’ve produced and created a lot of chances in various games and not taken them; Bruno [Andrade], Ash Hunter, we hope the lads we’ve brought in can give us that extra quality in the final third to take advantage of our good play.

“I’ve said a couple of times, we’ve been a little bit näive in certain games, in certain scenarios and I think Michael [O’Connor] has got vast experience right in the middle of the park to give the team, the players around the team at both ends of the pitch, the value of his knowledge and game nous really.

“All the rest of the players we’ve bought in will help us bridge that gap that’s between us and winning games on a consistent basis at the moment.

“We’ve made some real good additions, now we’ve got to go out and win games.”

Luke Armstrong, Salford City, Forest Green Rovers v Salford City

The Opposition

Forest Green Rovers have been on a similar journey to Salford, winning promotion to the Football League via the National League play-offs in 2016-17 under Mark Cooper. Last season they reached the League Two play-off semi-finals.

This season they have been competing for promotion again, but are currently seventh with two wins in their last five outings. Having inflicted a 4-0 defeat on The Ammies in the reverse fixture, Graham is expecting a test at The New Lawn however he is confident that a change in mindset could steer The Ammies to victory.

“It was an extremely difficult game for us at Moor Lane earlier in the season, I think it was one of the games that made us really sit down and think about what we were doing and what approach we had to have, and it was a line in the sand really that game.

“I haven’t been down there before, it’s one of the grounds I’ve not been to as a player or as a manager, but we need to see the improvement that we’re trying to make. 

“The players are working exceptionally hard as they always do, I can never fault their attitude and commitment, but we just need to understand what wins games and I just feel, and I said this to the players, I think we know how to play well at the moment, but we need to know how to win and that’s just the slight adjustment that we need to make.”

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