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Ash Hunter, Salford CitySalford City will be looking for a reaction to Tuesday night’s stoppage time defeat when they head to Southend United on Saturday.

The Ammies conceded twice in stoppage time before having an equaliser ruled out at Morecambe, and head to Essex looking to get back into the top seven.

Seven points from nine at The Peninsula Stadium set Salford well heading up to the Lancashire coast, but now on the Essex coast thoughts will be on a first win in four away from home.

Despite some results Salford have been buoyed by improved performances, and winger-turned-wing back Ash Hunter is positive that The Ammies can rise again.

“I think recently we’ve had a few good results, obviously the other night for large parts of the game we were very good.

“The lads are happy with the way that we’re playing, we’re playing some nice stuff and like I said we’ve had some good results. Again large parts of the game the other night we played some nice football and it’s just about getting that second goal, third goal, fourth goal and killing teams off.

“[We have to] just keep playing how we’ve been playing, it’s a big game and we just need to put a couple of wins on the spin and get the results and get the points going.”

The squad has been kept quite consistent throughout February and there are no new concerns for Richie Wellens. Tom Clarke is close to a return, but Darron Gibson remains out injured.

SOUTHEND UNITED

The Shrimpers may have been fearing the worst as they reached November without a win, having been relegated from League One last season. However the lifting of a transfer embargo and the arrival of some experienced heads has given Mark Molesley’s side some hope of survival.

Recently they have picked up seven points from the last 12 available including wins at Newport County and Forest Green Rovers, and a 0-0 draw at leaders Cambridge United.

Goals have been a problem for the Shrimpers with full back Tom Clifford’s three making him the top scorer, although with two in five since his arrival from Crawley Town it looks like midfielder Nathan Ferguson will have a big role to play.

There’s a different look to Southend than the team that were beaten 3-0 at The Peninsula Stadium, but Hunter remains confident that The Ammies are capable of avoiding back-to-back defeats.

“We’ve already played them this season and we can take a lot from that performance and recent performances, so we’re looking to come back with nothing but the three points.

“[Wednesday’s win] would have given them some confidence but at the end of the day they’ve done us a favour. Forest Green are in and around us so luckily for us if we can take three points off them after they’ve taken points off Forest Green it’ll be a great result.

“I think in this league there’s not one game that’s an easy game whether you’re fighting relegation or whether you’re top of the league. We’ve proven that, we’ve beaten Barrow who are down there twice 1-0, and we’ve beaten Cambridge, top of the league, 4-1.

“Every game’s going to be different.”

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