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Jason Lowe on the ball at The Peninsula StadiumSalford City will be looking to register a first league win of the campaign when Newport County visit The Peninsula Stadium on Saturday (KO 15:00).

The Ammies have performed well in the four games so far, but have just two points to show for it after successive draws and back-to-back defeats.

Last weekend’s defeat to Swindon Town was just the second league defeat at The Peninsula Stadium since February 2020, which was also the last time Salford suffered back-to-back home league defeats.

However the mood is still an optimistic one and midfielder Jason Lowe feels that, although there are still improvements to be made, the results will start coming for The Ammies.

“We’ve had a really, really good week and one where I think the group is excited about what. We could potentially achieve going forward.

“We’re aware of the results, they hurt, every defeat hurts, but I think if you analyse the performances over the 90 minutes from the first game to the last game, you can see we’re getting better as a group and there’s still lots more for us to improve on as well.

“I think at some point our luck will turn because we’re doing a lot of the right things for large periods in the game, so there’s nothing to worry about from a players’ point of view.

“It’s obviously disappointing when you lose because you want to send each other home, the fans home, happy and with three points and that’s what the game’s all about, but at the same time we know that we have to focus on the performance and the rest will take care of itself.

“If we keep doing what we’re doing, keep improving, keep pushing each other, we’ll have a positive season.”

Jason Lowe looks up and smirks during training at Salford CitySaturday’s game will be the fourth consecutive Saturday at The Peninsula Stadium due to the Sutton fixture being reversed, so there’s been plenty of opportunity for supporters to cast their eyes over the team.

It’s also given some of last year’s arrivals the chance to play in front of Salford fans for the first time, and the 30-year-old says it makes a huge difference having them in the ground.

“The fans are brilliant, it’s great to have them back in! On a personal note I feel that they play a massive role in football in general, but as a player there’s nothing quite like walking out and you can feel the atmosphere from the fans. 

“That’s who you’re playing for at the end of the day, that community and each other, and you want to do your very, very best for them so it’s great to have them back in, play in front of them, and obviously hopefully going forward we can send them home happy more times than not.”

Gary Bowyer will be boosted by the return and availability of Ash Hunter and Matty Willock, and Jordan Turnbull is also expected to be fit for selection.

NEWPORT COUNTY

This fixture has become quite common since our promotion to the Football League, having played The Exiles in the League, the FA Cup and EFL Trophy, although they have only visited The Peninsula Stadium once.

Last season Salford were on course for a 1-0 win, but were denied all three points by a late Newport penalty as the game ended 1-1. The reverse at Rodney Parade finished 0-0 as Michael Flynn’s side went on to reach the play-off final for the second time in three years, but lost 1-0 at the hands of Morecambe. 

This season, quite the opposite to Salford, Newport have started the campaign on the road as a new semi-artificial pitch has been laid at Rodney Parade. In the league wins at Oldham and Tranmere sandwiched defeat at Mansfield, and their first home game on Wednesday night against Southampton in the Carabao Cup ended in defeat.

HOW TO FOLLOW

          
Tickets are available online in advance or from the ticket office; North and South stand seats must be bought before the game, pay on the gate will be available for the West stand terrace (home and neutral fans), and the East stand (away fans).

Supporters in the UK who are unable to make it to The Peninsula Stadium can listen to the game by purchasing an audio pass for £2.50.

Overseas, a live stream is available to purchase for £10 and includes a single-camera view of the game, replays, graphics and commentary.

Head over to live.salfordcityfc.co.uk to see what packages are available in your location.

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