Salford City will be looking for a first win of 2021 when they visit Mansfield Town on Tuesday night.
Last week’s 2020 curtain-drawer was postponed due to the inclement weather, but briskly re-arranged for this week as Salford try to keep pace with the leading teams.
The Ammies are four points behind the top three with a game in hand, despite Saturday’s defeat at Leyton Orient, and Tuesday is an important game in Salford’s promotion ambitions.
However speaking after the Orient loss, Richie Wellens said he is expecting a reaction from his players.
“We’ve got a good group who will react in the right way, we just need a reaction. Whenever you lose a game we need the right reaction and I’m sure I’ll get that from the players.
“Mansfield have had a good result today so, every game in this league is exactly the same. If you’re not on it, you can be punished. If you’re on it, you do the basics right and you’re clinical, you can go on five, six-game winning streaks and that’s what we need to do, we need to put a winning run together.
“At the minute it’s alright winning a couple, drawing one, losing one, then winning a couple, but to make real inroads of where we want to go, we need five, six game winning streaks and we’ve got the capability to do that, but we do need to add a bit of quality at the top end of the pitch.”
After a sluggish start to the season under Graham Coughlan, The Stags are beginning to build up some momentum under Nigel Clough. The former Burton Albion manager has inspired Mansfield to seven wins from his 13 games in charge, and earned a first home league win of the season on Saturday.
Jordan Bowery scored a hat-trick in the 4-0 win against Port Vale to continue his current run of form; the former Crewe striker now has five goals in his last three games. He has spearheaded Mansfield’s line-up, which has only seen one change in the last few games as James Perch came in for Kellan Gordon on the weekend.
As we approach the halfway point of the season Mansfield might have been hoping to be challenging higher up the table, but it seems their relegation fears have been eased at least and Clough will no doubt be seeing where his side could reach.
HOW TO WATCH
Tuesday night’s game is available for supporters to view online via live.salfordcityfc.co.uk. Match passes are available for £10 in the UK and £7 overseas.