Salford City are back at The Peninsula Stadium on Saturday for the visit of Macclesfield Town in Sky Bet League Two.
Graham Alexander’s side will be looking to get back on the winning trail after defeat to leaders Swindon Town last weekend. With Tuesday’s loss at Burton Albion too, it leaves the league and the Leasing.com Trophy left to play for this season.
However the Gaffer reiterated what he said on Tuesday, that the players are eager to be back out on the pitch following defeat.
“I think when you come off the back of a defeat you want to get out back on the pitch as quickly as possible and I know the players are itching to do that so we’re looking forward to the game.
“It’s back at home, back to league action, our league form has been pretty good the last couple of months so it’s an important game for us, we want to put on a performance and hopefully win the game.
“The way the players were today on the training pitch they looked really positive about the weekend.
“They know where we could have done better the other day, but I actually felt at the time and when I watched the game back, I thought the 4-1 scoreline was very harsh on us to be honest.
“I thought we were in the game for a long time, it was only towards the end where we became quite loose committing bodies forward and we couldn’t get a way back, but for a good 60-65 minutes I thought we were well in the game and playing well so the players now that, and we need to extend that performance with the cutting edge on Saturday.”
The squad will near enough be the same on Saturday as it has been for the last couple of games. Nathan Pond is back in contention after arriving back from international duty with Montserrat, where he scored the winning goal against St. Lucia on Tuesday night.
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The Gaffer commented: “It’s a fantastic achievement to score for your country so every credit to him, but it’ll be good to have him back with the squad and it’ll be good if he can nick a couple of them for us this season as well.
“We’ve still got a couple of injury issues, no one came back today that hasn’t been part of the squad so unless they can train tomorrow [Friday] the squad will be pretty similar.
“We’ll see how Pondy is when he comes in tomorrow and just have a look at what sort of condition he’s in; he’s obviously done a bit of travelling, he’s played both games.
“But with what we’ve got in the building we’ve got more than enough to have good teams out there every single game, so no matter how much we miss certain individuals I think the strength of the rest of the team should be enough to win games at this level.
“Whatever team we put out there they’ll be positive, they’ll be fit and they’re looking to win the game.”
Tickets are available in advance online or from the ticket office, and admission will be available for The West Stand to home fans on the day while capacity remains. Turnstiles open at 1:30pm.
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