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Graham Alexander, Salford City, Salford City vs Swindon TownSalford City resume their Sky Bet League Two campaign on Saturday when Swindon Town visit The Peninsula Stadium.

A win at Newport County at the start of the month made it four wins in the last six for The Ammies, who have moved into the top half of the table.

However also in-form are the high-flying Robins, managed by ex-Salford midfielder Richie Wellens, who are on a run of three consecutive league wins.

It is the second time this season the third-placed side have put together such a run, and they arrive at The Peninsula Stadium hoping to stretch that to four consecutive league wins for the first time since February-March 2016 when they were in League One.

That in mind, Salford manager Graham Alexander is under no illusions that despite results against two League One sides in the last week in cup competitions, Swindon will be a thorough test.

“I think Swindon are a big club at this level and whenever they’re in this division they’ll always be favourites at the top end, and they’ve started the season really well so we know it’s going to be a tough game. 

“But if we look back at our previous games there hasn’t been any easy ones anyway so we’re not expecting it to be any different on Saturday.

“What we’ve got to focus on is what we bring to the game, how we perform and I’ve been really pleased with the players over the last few weeks, I think their commitment to the game has been excellent and we’ve picked up some good results, but that has to continue and we have to continue to find that improvement each week.

“We’ve played good teams so I think maybe playing against good teams you have to improve your performance… 

“You have to be at the best you can to get results and we have got results so that stands us in good stead, but it is a different opponent and we have to focus on what’s important on Saturday, not what was important last week.”

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Jake Jervis, Salford City, Salford City vs Swindon Town
Jake Jervis scored three goals in 12 appearances on loan at Swindon in their League Two-winning 2011-12 season

Salford have picked up some knocks in the last week, but they will be checked over before being ruled out.

“There’s a couple of niggles and there’s a couple from Tuesday as well so we’re just going to look at them to see if they can be ready, fully fit. 

“It’s important that whoever we pick is as close to 100% as possible, it’s never the case once you start the season, everyone’s carrying bumps and bruises but as long as it doesn’t impact on their best performance they they give themselves the best opportunity at being picked.

“We’ll have a look at them before finalising our team but we have enough available already to put a very good team out there, so that’s what we’ve got to focus on.”

Tickets for the North and South Stands are sold out. Some tickets remain for the West Stand which can be purchased in advance from the ticket office or online. If there is capacity remaining, cash admission will be available on the day for the West Stand.

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