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Brandon Thomas-Asante warming up for training ahead of Salford City vs Northampton TownBrandon Thomas-Asante says that Salford are looking forward to being back in front of a home crowd on Saturday.

The Ammies will be hoping to put last weekend’s defeat on the road at Tranmere Rovers behind them when Northampton Town make the trip to The Peninsula Stadium.

22-year-old Thomas-Asante made just his fourth league start of the season at Prenton Park as 10-man Salford lost 2-0. However he says the squad feels like it’s an advantage having the proximity of supporters at Moor Lane.

Speaking while helping to sort out donations received for the BBC’s Kit Out the Nation campaign, the forward said:

“We don’t dwell on those sorts of performances too much, we weren’t massively happy with how the game went but we just want to put things right on the weekend and we’re building towards that now.

“As a team we like to play at home in front of our fans, so we’re really excited to get back to winning ways and we feel this is the right place to do it.

“It’s always a good feeling when we’ve got our fans behind us and we do always have that, particularly here, and it’s always a plus!

“The atmosphere, it’s quite intimate here, we’re really close to the supporters and it helps us, being that close to the supporters spurs us on!”

Kit Out the Nation donations are being accepted at the Ticket Office until 16th October during opening hours. Read more about the campaign here.

Brandon Thomas-Asante closes down Jordan Turnbull when Northampton visited Salford in January 2020.With Ibou Touray suspended after his red card last weekend, Thomas-Asante is the longest-serving Salford player available for selection. After making his league debut in December 2019, Northampton’s last visit in January 2020 was still early in his Ammies career. 

Jack Baldwin gave Salford the lead in that match, but Sam Hoskins and Andy Williams both scored as Northampton picked up another victory that season on their way to promotion via the play-offs.

“I remember Jordan [Turnbull], obviously we’ve got him now we know his quality, so it was tough coming up against him and Charlie Goode, he’s in the Premier League now I think, but it was a good game.”

Salford will be without Touray until Saturday 16th October, while Conor McAleny and Ian Henderson are both doubts as they continue to nurse injuries picked up a couple of weeks ago against Bradford.

NORTHAMPTON TOWN

Following their relegation from League One last season, Northampton have had a stable summer with Jon Brady becoming the permanent Manager after taking over as caretaker from Keith Curle in February. 

Although the Australian was unable to save The Cobblers from relegation, he did improve the squad and they have made a very good start to the current campaign with four wins from eight.

Five clean sheets in eight games suggest that Northampton will be hard to beat, and they had that edge about them in 2019-20 when they did the league double over Salford. 

However Thomas-Asante believes that Salford can bring a good match to the table, and with a good week’s training the home side have worked on how they can control proceedings.

“As a squad and as a team we like to focus on ourselves more than the opposition, we’ve got a strong squad and we’re very confident with what we can bring to any game. It’s just about us getting our thing right then we’ll let the other team worry about us.”

One to watch – Sam Hoskins scored twice against Salford, once in each game in 2019-20. The 28-year-old notched eight goals in 49 appearances last season, and opened his account for this season in the 2-0 win against Scunthorpe United earlier this month.

HOW TO FOLLOW

          
Tickets are available online until 1pm on Saturday, or from the Ticket Office until 5pm on Friday, and between 9:30 to 11am on Saturday.

If you can’t make it to The Peninsula Stadium, UK-based supporters can listen to live match commentary for £2.50 over at live.salfordcityfc.co.uk.

Supporters outside of the UK can buy match passes to watch a single-camera feed of the game with replays, graphics and commentary for £10. The stream begins at 14:00 BST, with commentary starting at around 14:55, and kick-off at 15:00.

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