Salford City’s focus returns to Sky Bet League Two on Saturday when Oldham Athletic visit The Peninsula Stadium (KO 15:00).
It’s a chance for a first ‘double’ over a side in the EFL for The Ammies, who have won back-to-back games and are also looking to make it three wins in a row for the first time this season.
A convincing 4-1 win at Boundary Park in the reverse fixture courtesy of Brandon Thomas-Asante and Jake Jervis braces started a run of six games without victory for Dino Maamria’s Latics.
However Ammies manager Graham Alexander says his side must focus on the weekend, and not current form or the result in December.
“We played there just after Christmas, the following was really good and we got an excellent result so I’m sure the atmosphere on Saturday will be just as good as it was there, and a repeat performance and result would be more than welcome.
“But I’m sure there’s a determination from their side to make sure that’s not the case, and we have to make sure we perform, but I think I said before the last game that local derbies are important to everybody, not just supporters but players as well and it gives us a chance to continue our run of form so we’re looking forward to the game.
“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves because we’ve had spells this season where we’ve put a couple of wins together and you’re thinking we’ll get momentum together, and we’ve taken a step back, so we have to be wary of the fact that we have to reset the buttons every game, not think about the last one.
“Take confidence from it, but repeat the things that we’ve done well, try and improve on the things that could be done better, and treat each game on an individual basis.
“I think we’ve let ourselves down this year, focus going into games or during a game, it’s important that we make sure it’s right this weekend and when we talk about previous games, our previous wins, our previous win against Oldham has nothing to do with this game either, that game is not going to win us any points on Saturday.
“If we’re anything but our best then we’re not doing ourselves any favours so the challenge for us going into Saturday is not winning runs or anything, it’s about repeating our performance levels and understanding what wins games, and we’ve shown that sort of knowledge in the last couple of games.”
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