Salford City host Oldham Athletic at The Peninsula Stadium on Saturday in our final game of November.
It has been a more consistent month for Gary Bowyer’s side with three wins and two draws across three competitions, and the Ammies will be hoping to see the month out unbeaten.
On Tuesday night that run continued when Brandon Thomas-Asante’s injury time goal secured a 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers for nine-man Salford.
However the Gaffer admits his side were below their own standards, and they have been working on how to improve on that.
“The reflection has enabled us to realise what a magnificent effort it was from the boys at the end to get a point out of a situation where you thought we probably weren’t going to get anything at one stage, but that amount of effort that those remaining nine put in, especially for those remaining minutes, shows the spirit and the character that we have within the group.
“The first part of the game we didn’t feel that we were anywhere near the standards or the levels that we have set ourselves this season but that in itself was something that was particularly pleasing, to have not played particularly well and got something out of the game when there’s been many a game we’ve had the conversation about ‘we’ve played well, had a number of chances and we’ve not taken the points’.
“The group is an honest group, they know that the way that we went about it in the first half until the sending off was not up to the standards that we’ve set, but we’ve discussed it, looked at ways we can improve and now we’re looking forward to Saturday.”
Our neighbours from across Greater Manchester haven’t enjoyed the most comfortable of starts and have hovered in and around the relegation zone. After a shock win against Port Vale last weekend, they couldn’t follow it up with victory at Northampton Town on Tuesday which led to Keith Curle leaving the Club.
Academy coach Selim Benachour will take charge in the interim as the Latics’ search for a ninth manager/head coach of owner Abdallah Lemsagam’s tumultuous reign begins.
As it goes Oldham have already beaten Salford this season, one of their seven wins coming at Boundary Park in the Papa John’s Trophy group stage. On Saturday they will face up a different-look Salford team though, and Bowyer says the uncertainty of the change in leadership won’t affect how his side approaches the game.
“The preparations are all about us. Obviously we don’t know what the new coach would do in terms of preparation, team selection for that matter, formation or anything so we’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves and improve on Tuesday night’s magnificent point with a better performance for sure.”
The Ammies should have a couple more players available again for selection at the weekend, including Tom Elliott who came off the bench and assisted Thomas-Asante for the equaliser, and Matthew Lund who returns from suspension.
There is further good news after Matty Willock’s red card was rescinded on review, although Ash Hunter will serve the first of his three game suspension.
“We’ve got a few bodies back from injury which is pleasing,” revealed Bowyer.
“Obviously we were disappointed on Tuesday with the sendings off. We felt that the first one, Matty’s, was a bit harsh so we’re pleased that it has been rescinded and he is available.
“The Ash Hunter one, like I said on Tuesday night, is one we won’t be appealing and internally we’ve spoken with Ash and gone down the proper channels with that.
“I was really disappointed though to read and see comments made about Ash after the game by Joey Barton; I don’t think it’s his place as an opposition Manager to make comments like that about an opposition’s player like he did. He’s entitled to speak about his squad how he chooses and sees fit, but to talk about a player from an opposing team in such a defamatory and disrespectful manner we feel is unacceptable.”
HOW TO FOLLOW
Saturday’s game has been designated as ‘all-ticket’, so only supporters who have purchased a ticket in advance will be allowed entry. Tickets are available to purchase online for existing account holders, or at the ticket office at the ground which is open on Saturday morning from 9 until 11:30am.
If you can’t make it, live club commentary is available on live.salfordcityfc.co.uk for £2.50 domestically and internationally. Supporters outside of the UK can also choose to watch the game for £10, which includes a single-camera stream, club commentary, replays and graphics.
Where it’s available, BBC Radio Manchester have full commentary on DAB and 95.1 FM.