Salford City will continue to push for a play-off spot this weekend when Mansfield Town visit The Peninsula Stadium.
Gary Bowyer’s side are three points behind Newport County in seventh, who play eighth-place Exeter City on Saturday. Because of that a win can’t put The Ammies into the top seven, but it would certainly keep the pressure and the chase on.
April has been a month of improvement for Salford, winning three of six outings and losing just once, and in the final four games of the season the whole squad will have a part to play.
With four goals and an assist in six in April, Ian Henderson is weighing in with his share but the Ammies’ top scorer agrees that it’s down to the efforts of the squad. Vying for a second career promotion from League Two, the 36-year-old feels Salford are in a decent place at the moment.
“I think it’s a good position to be in, we’ve got ourselves in the best possible position with four games remaining and this may sound a little bit cliché but all we can do is play against our opponents, give it our best and try and bring home some points to keep on racking them up on the points tally.
“I’d like to think all of us as individuals and a team have contributed throughout the season, irrespective of who is scoring the goals or playing.
“The whole squad has really, really contributed and now going into this final part of the season we’re going to need everyone to stick together to put us in the best possible position.”
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Salford have no new injury concerns, with Mani Dieseruvwe in contention after managing a knock. James Wilson and Bruno Andrade are nearing a return but not quite ready.
The Stags had high ambitions for this season, but after a winless start Graham Coughlan was moved on and Nigel Clough appointed. They pulled clear of the drop, but only mathematically secured their EFL status on Tuesday night with a 3-0 win against Scunthorpe United.
Unbeaten in four now, Mansfield visit The Peninsula Stadium for the first time hoping to make it three wins in a row for the first time since they did it in January… With a 2-1 win against Salford.
Clough has already stated that now they will use the remaining games to have a look at some of the younger players, with 20-year-old Tyrese Sinclair leading the way and scoring twice in three games.
Youth doesn’t make Mansfield any less of a threat, and the vastly experienced Henderson is still expecting a thorough challenge from Saturday’s visitors.
“I think they’ll be a resolute team, [like any] Mansfield team I’ve ever played.
“When we played them this season they were down our throats and they played a little bit of a different formation than they’d been used to so it’s going to be a competitive game.
“All games in League Two will be like that and it’s down to us to implement our style, our individual and team personality on the game, and again win our battles, our individual duels, then as a collective hope to bring back three points.”
HOW TO WATCH
Saturday’s fixture is available to watch online at live.salfordcityfc.co.uk for £10 in the UK and £7 abroad.