Salford City return to the Peninsula Stadium this Saturday when they welcome League Two newboys Hartlepool United.
After a mixed run of results Salford are hoping to bounce back with a confident home performance to help climb the table following last Saturday’s frustrating late defeat at Walsall.
Winger Ash Hunter has been readily involved in Salford’s starting XI of late, but he was disappointed with last weekend’s result;
“I thought we controlled the game personally; we had a couple of chances but it was unfortunate to concede in the first minute and the last minute. We just need to stop making those mistakes and maybe concentrate more at the start and the end of the games to start putting some wins together.
“I thought we were very good at Colchester away and we tried to do the same at Walsall but unfortunately it didn’t happen so hopefully we can make it right on Saturday back at home.”
Prior to Walsall, Salford provided a magnificent performance at Colchester, claiming the first away win of the season but was a contrast in the performance in the West Midlands which could only be put down to the slow start. Hunter knows how important it is to start right and be sharp from the off.
The tricky number 10 did look lively last weekend playing off the left side and provided the assist for Ash Eastham’s equaliser which looked to inspire the comeback. Being the flair player he is, Hunter was taunted from the first whistle by the home support, but says he is a player who enjoys the challenge of upsetting opposition support;
“If the opposition fans are getting onto me, it fires me up even more and probably makes me play even better so it’s something I’ve learned to play with.”
Salford’s position in the League Two table is currently below where the squad have targeted. However it is still early in the season with Hunter acknowledging there is still plenty of time to turn things around.
“Obviously, we didn’t expect to be in the position that we are in after 10 games but there’s still 36 games left so we’ve still got lots of time. The table position doesn’t really matter too much at the moment, just putting a string of wins together is what we’re focusing on.”
With back-to-back home games coming up, The Ammies are hoping to build momentum in the run-in to winter. Gary Bowyer can welcome back Ibou Touray and Tyreik Wright from suspension and international duty, and he has Conor McAleny available again although Ian Henderson and D’Mani Mellor remain sidelined.
“We just have to focus on our own performance, I hope that we can put two wins together in these upcoming home games but we’ll have to see when the game comes around.”
Tomorrow’s visitors Hartlepool are currently sat in eighth place, coming off the back of a home win against Northampton Town.
The Monkey Hangers, which they are affectionately known as (the name derives from a monkey that was mistaken for a French spy during the Napoleonic War which was hung on the shores of Hartlepool) travel to M7 in search of their first away win of the season.
Manager Dave Challinor led them to play-off success last season, although they were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup at The Peninsula Stadium in November.
HOW TO WATCH
The game will be available to follow over at live.salfordcityfc.co.uk. Supporters in the UK can listen by buying an audio pass for £2.50, while international fans will be able to buy a match pass for £10, which includes a single-camera feed, replays, commentary and graphics.
Tickets are available from the ticket office until 5pm on Friday and from 9 to 11:30am on Saturday, or online until 1:15pm on Saturday.