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Graham Alexander, Salford CitySalford City travel to Newport County on Saturday for the first time hoping to become the first team to win at Rodney Parade in the league since MK Dons in February.

Last season’s play-off finalists have started this campaign well, and defeat at Colchester United last weekend was just their second of the season in the league.

Despite dropping to seventh, such is the tight nature of the league that Newport are only three points off top and have a game in hand on a couple of teams above them.

The Ammies have hit some form of their own though with three wins and a draw from their last five in October, including first wins on the road at Walsall and Mansfield Town.

Manager Graham Alexander is happy with the recent return, and hopes his side can keep improving in November.

“I think looking back over the last month we’re quite content with the points tally we took; two points a game for the last five games I think is quite a good return. 

“We want to maintain that going into a new month, a new set of challenges and Newport away is as tough as any, it’s a difficult place to go, they’ve got an excellent home record. 

“We know the challenges that we’re facing so we have to be prepared to compete at the best level we can, but we have to remember to play our game as well and make sure that we go there, express ourselves and show the quality that we have in our team and our squad. 

“I didn’t think we did that last week until the second half but once we did that we created chances, we didn’t have many against us and that’s how we have to start the games and play throughout. 

“I think the players are in a good place, I think they know they’ve improved quite considerably in the last month, we just need to continue on that path of improvement. 

“When I take stock from a month ago we have made the adjustments and improvements that I wanted to make, but obviously we’re still not at our full potential so that’s the challenge for us all, to continue to improve and get better both as individuals but also as a collective because it’s a team game.”

Watch the full press conference here.

Team News

Mark Howard’s emergency loan from Blackpool was extended earlier this week as Chris Neal nears a comeback.

There has been a bit of illness throughout the squad this week, the Gaffer confirmed, so they will assess ahead of travelling to Newport.

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