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Salford City are in high spirits after a good week building up to Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup Second Round clash with Chesterfield.

The Ammies head into the game unbeaten in six matches in all competitions, results that have come about from a change in style.

Sunday will be a different kind of game again versus a Chesterfield side that has lost just once this season and are top of the National League.

However Gary Bowyer says the players are excited about the game, and are aware of what to expect.

“It’s been a good week in preparation, we’ve got seven points out of nine and the lads have come in bouncing. There’s a great feel about the place and they’re looking forward to Sunday.

“We played some really good stuff at the beginning of the season but weren’t quite winning the games, then the last two games especially where we’ve taken four out of six points we’ve not played as well as we have all season.

“We’ve managed to put the ball in the back recently with the way we’ve played and created chances that in the early parts of the season we weren’t doing – and were doing it on a regular basis.
“They are top of their league; we know what to expect. We were given a good insight into the National League against Dagenham & Redbridge, who I thought were a very strong outfit. The players, the staff and myself are well aware of what to expect, it’s just down to us again.”

The FA Cup has some special memories for the Manager from his time at Blackburn Rovers, forcing a replay against Manchester City in 2014 before a narrow defeat to Liverpool the season after. The Premier League giants enter the competition at the next stage, and the chance to play one of them would be an additional boost for the players if they can come through Sunday.

“Let’s be honest about it, realistically are Salford going to win the FA Cup? Probably not…

“For us to get into the Third Round and hope to get a ‘big boy’ away from home would be the best for the Club and the lads themselves.”

Salford are still without Ian Henderson, D’Mani Mellor and Corrie Ndaba (all injured) while Ash Hunter serves the second of a three match suspension.

How to follow

The game is live on ITV 4 at 17:15, who have Danny Webber on the panel and an exclusive interview with Sporting Director Chris Casper in their match build-up.

There is no live stream but club commentary will be available on live.salfordcityfc.co.uk.

Tickets are available in advance online until 3:30pm on Sunday, or on the gate for the West Stand (home fans only). Click here for match information.