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Salford City v Southport, Southport v Salford City, Salford CitySALFORD CITY travel to Southport on Tuesday evening looking to make it 11 games unbeaten (KO 19:45).

It’s a formidable run with just three games to go, made even sweeter by back-to-back league clean sheets for the first time since November-December.

However The Ammies travel to a Southport side whose position in the table probably doesn’t reflect the quality in the squad.

It has been a very up and down season for The Sandgrounders; their unbeaten start was ended by Salford in August and despite a win in their next game against Darlington they went on a 15-game winless run.

In that time Kevin Davies was bought in as manager, although it took him until early 2018 to get his first win. When it did come Southport went on a run of eight wins in 10 to move clear of relegation, and up towards the play-offs, but more recently they have hit the winless trail again having lost their last four.

There is quality in the Southport squad though; the league’s top scorer Jason Gilchrist, Dion Charles, Ross Hannah and Elliott Osborne to name a few, so Salford will have to be wary.

PRE-MATCH THOUGHTS

Mani Dieseruvwe, Salford City, Southport v Salford City
Dieseruvwe scored his first goal of the season against Southport

Despite that threat, striker Mani Dieseruvwe says that if Salford can handle those players, they just need to think about taking their chances.

“It’ll be an open game because I think they’ll come at us and try and hurt us. I think that they’ve got some good individual players going forward and I think we’ve got to be able to handle those. But if we take our chances and get it right going the other way then it should be a good game.

“I think we’re looking good, very balanced. Everybody in the team knows their job and knows what’s required of them going into every single game so we’ve just got to make sure that we’re focused, we’re ready, aware of what the opposition bring as well, and that we’re ready to go and get the three points.

“The boys are flying, confident now. We know we’ve been on a good run so we need to make sure we keep going and keep winning, keep being hard to beat first of all and hopefully the points will come from that.”

NOT JUST SALFORD ON THE RUN

Dieseruvwe is enjoying a run in the team since scoring against his former side Kidderminster Harriers, assisting two goals but still waiting for another.

However the 23-year-old, who scored against Southport in August, is hoping to find the net again before the end of the season and do his bit in Salford’s fight for promotion.

“I’m feeling good to be fair, thankful that the gaffers have given me a chance, I’ve worked hard all season and it’s good to be in the team now at the business end of the season. I’ve just got to do my job now, my best for the team and hopefully we get over the line and where we want to be.

“It’s been disappointing that I’ve not been able to get a high amount of goals this season but I’ve been working on my game in training and hopefully the more I’m playing the more chances I’ll get and the more I’ll be able to put chances away and help the team get the three points.”

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