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Graham Alexander, Salford CitySalford City will be hoping to extend their unbeaten start to the league campaign against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

A second win of 2020-21 at Stevenage last weekend lifted The Ammies into third in the table with two wins and two draws from the opening four games.

However both those wins have come away from home, and manager Graham Alexander is hoping his side can transfer away performances back to home turf.

“That’s the driver we’ve had this week, we’re delighted with the players, all the players to be fair in the last two games, when you take into account the Morecambe game in the EFL Trophy and the Stevenage game we’ve used every player, they’ve all had the opportunity to play.

“Two wins playing really good football so the squad is in a good place at the moment, they’re all contributing to what’s going on and we’ve been delighted with the way they’ve worked, the way they’ve played and we’re looking to carry it on on Saturday in a tough game against a big club, but we want to continue the form that we’ve been in.

“Our performances in the last two games have been superb and we want to continue that run and that way of playing. There might be a couple of changes with things that have gone on and we want to make sure that we use the squad to its fullest so we’ll pick the best team that we feel can win the game tomorrow.”

TRANMERE ROVERS

Salford City, Oscar Threlkeld
Oscar Threlkeld scored his only Salford goal in the EFL Trophy against Tranmere Rovers last season.

Visitors Tranmere, coming to The Peninsula Stadium for the first time, have also made a pretty decent start and have kept three clean sheets in their opening four.

Mike Jackson’s side picked up a first three points with a 2-0 win against Scunthorpe United last weekend, and they will feel confident arriving in Salford as they go for a third win in a row in all competitions.

The former centre back was a team-mate of Alexander and Assistant Manager Chris Lucketti at Preston North End and Bury, and the Gaffer says if there’s one thing Rovers will have above anything it’s a desire to win.

“He’s a top man Jacko, I played next to him as soon as I joined Preston North End; he was the right side centre half and I was the right back and we played next to each other for a good few years.

“I’ve come across him a few times when he was assisting Micky Mellon as well, we’ve kept in contact over the years, so it’ll be good to see him but if we know each other that way we know we want to beat each other more than anything.

“I think Micky moving on in the summer after being there for a few years and getting success could have been a big shift but with Jacko stepping into the breach who assisted him for a long time I don’t think there was that much of a turnaround.

“Players come and go all the time in football but I think Jacko will be getting to know his best team and squad, they had a fantastic win at home last week against Scunthorpe so it’s two teams that have won their last games going up against each other but the focus for us is on our performance and how we want to play.”

This is the first league meeting between the sides, with the only previous match between the sides coming last November in the EFL Trophy.

HOW TO WATCH

Saturday’s game is available to live stream for £10 in the UK or £7 overseas, or a commentary pass is available for £2.50. This game IS included for 2020-21 Season Ticket Holders.

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