Salford City return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday afternoon away at Mansfield Town.
An unbeaten November run propelled the Ammies into the top half of the table, although having no midweek game has pegged Salford back to 13th. Saturday is a good chance to make some ground back up, with the Stags being one of the teams to leapfrog Salford during the week, but it won’t be a straightforward task.
Along with Gary Bowyer, Mansfield’s boss Nigel Clough was also nominated for the Sky Bet Manager of the Month, which was awarded to Forest Green Rovers’ Rob Edwards, after the 55-year-old oversaw a change in fortunes for the Nottinghamshire outfit. They started November with an Emirates FA Cup win at Sunderland and then won three of their four league games to regain some lost ground from a 12-game winless streak.
Saturday’s hosts now face Middlesbrough in the Third Round, while Salford were knocked out by Chesterfield, but nearly a week on midfielder Jason Lowe says that the team are keen to move on and focus on the league with the Christmas run looming, particularly after Wednesday’s postponed trip to Barrow.
“You prepare for the game then we got the news it was called off which was disappointing, but there’s nothing we can do about it. We trained well yesterday, had a good day’s preparation today, and hopefully we can go and do what we need to do tomorrow.
“It should be a good game, we’re aware of the threats that Mansfield will pose, we know we have to be organised, solid defensively, and at the same time impose our attacking threat going the other way. If we can do that then we’ll give ourselves a good chance of winning the game.
“I’m looking forward to this run, and that’s the key for us. We’re on a nice little league run at the moment, we want to keep it going, just focusing on the next game, giving everything and not getting too far ahead of ourselves, and let’s see where we are come the turn of the year.”
Salford are still without Ash Hunter, who serves the final game of his three-match suspension. Corrie Ndaba, Kelly N’Mai and Ian Henderson remain unavailable with injuries, and Luke Burgess and D’Mani Mellor are unlikely to feature but are both building their fitness back up.
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