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Graham Alexander, Salford City, Salford City v Bradford City previewSalford City manager Graham Alexander says his side will be ‘giving it their best shot’ in the final 10 games of the Sky Bet League Two season.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Bradford City on Saturday, the Gaffer said there are still plenty of points to play for as The Ammies seek a late push for the play-offs.

Currently there are nine points and two teams that separate us in 10th from the top seven, one of which is Bradford who are seven points ahead but just one place.

However if The Ammies were to pick up near maximum points, it could be enough to achieve a play-off place with 77 enough to make the top seven in the last 11 seasons.

“With 10 games to go it’s in that final straight where you have to win as many games as possible and we’re going to give it our best shot to try and do that.

“Lighter mornings, it sort of gives it away that you’re coming to that period where the season’s coming to a close, but there’s still enough games and enough points to play for to change the outlook from what we’ve got at the moment so that’s going to be our target, winning as many games as possible, and see where it takes us. 

“Saturday’s the next chance, a big game against a big opponent, and we’re looking forward to it.”

PLAY THE GAME, NOT THE OCCASION

Like ourselves, The Bantams were installed as pre-season favourites for promotion by bookmakers and going into the last two months they are ninth and two points outside the play-offs.

Since bringing former captain and manager Stuart McCall back to replace Gary Bowyer, the former Premier League side have picked up seven points from 15 available (W2 D1 L2). 

While they haven’t won away from home in the league since October, they quickly sold out their allocation and it looks set to be a healthy atmosphere at The Peninsula Stadium.

It won’t come close to the 14,612 at Valley Parade in December’s 1-1 draw, but the Gaffer says while the atmosphere adds to the occasion, it’s not what Salford are there to play as they look for a first home win in the league since Boxing Day.

“Bradford are probably the biggest supported club in this division, you saw that when we played at Valley Parade earlier this season, the atmosphere was fantastic to play in for the players.

“Obviously we’re at a smaller venue with not as many but I’m sure the atmosphere will be similar with the noise and the banter between the two groups of supporters, but we have to play the game as we always try to do.

“It’s about playing the opponents Bradford, not playing against the status of the club, the size of the club, the size of their supporters, it’s about being better than the 11 players that play against us so that’s for us the focus, that’s the approach. 

“But certainly as a player, and as a manager to be honest, playing in better atmospheres, louder atmospheres always gives you a bigger buzz so I’m sure Saturday will be the same as well.”

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