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Salford City begin the new year with a trip to South Wales to face Newport County on Saturday (KO 15:00).

The last outing for the Ammies was three weeks ago when a Jordan Turnbull header sealed all three points against Stevenage, and Salford are hoping for back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Covid-19 has left Salford’s festive period pretty empty with fixtures against Port Vale, Carlisle United and Tranmere Rovers all postponed until the upcoming weeks. With a backlog of games scheduled for January, Gary Bowyer is hoping to get 2022 off to a flying start this weekend.

“It’s not been easy for the lads; they want to play the games, we’ve done all the prep and the meetings and then to have them called off very late, it’s a disappointment. I can’t praise them enough how they’ve reacted to that, their reaction in training to put the work in is so their fitness levels are as high as they can be going into this busy period.”

With five games on the road in January, Salford will be hoping to improve results away from home. Some of the finest displays have come on the travels but consistency is key to climbing up the table and points are valuable wherever they come from.

“Picking up points both home and away is important. We do have to improve our away record; we’ve had a couple of good away performances – Colchester and Harrogate stand out for us and we’ve got to discover that form and have a right good go at January’s seven games.

“That’s something we’ve lacked this season – building the momentum. The opportunity to go back-to-back is so important to us and if we want to which I know me and the players all want to do to climb that table, we have to put a run together.”

Due to restrictions in Wales the game at Rodney Parade will be played behind closed doors, a common sight last season, but without the advantage of a home crowd Salford could look to benefit.

When the sides last met in August at The Peninsula Stadium, it was a stellar performance from the home side as Tyriek Wright, Conor McAleny and Ian Henderson all got on the scoresheet in a well-deserved 3-0 victory. But the Manager knows his side will have to

“We’re fully aware that the performance at home was very good from us. We started off well, scored quickly and then we were able to back it up. We were very aggressive in our press that day and obviously, we have to go there with that positive mindset and look to repeat it.”

Now sat in 7th place, The Exiles have been solid at home this season losing just two games so far. Salford are also poised with the task of keeping League Two top scorer Dom Telford at bay, who currently has 16 goals in 15 league appearances. Bowyer feels it’s not just the danger of the prolific striker to maintain but the service he is provided.

“He will be the first to tell you he doesn’t score all his goals by himself, it’s the supply to him.

“The game plan is not just to stop Dom, he’s in good scoring form and has picked up momentum but it would be wrong of us to focus on him because it would be disrespectful to the other good players they have in their squad.” 

TEAM NEWS

Loanees Corrie Ndaba and D’Mani Mellor are back in training after injuries, and could be available to play some part on Saturday. However Ian Henderson remains out, and is joined in the treatment room by Matty Willock and Luke Burgess.

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