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Graham Alexander, Salford CitySalford City begin another intense month of football this October with a trip to Stevenage on Saturday.

A positive first month of the season has seen The Ammies make an unbeaten start in Sky Bet League Two as well as reach Round Two of the Carabao Cup.

As a result of the late start to the season, the schedule for 2020-21 is quite relentless and there are another seven games coming up in October,

However Graham Alexander says the start his side have made should set them up well to continue:

“With everything we’ve had to face, there have been quite a few issues but I think the players have approached it in the right way.

“I think we can certainly improve certain aspects of our game which we’re talking about and trying to work on on the training pitch, but while you’re doing that you have to be picking up points along the way and winning games, and we’ve done that.

“There’s a long way to go, we’re aware of that, we’re aware of the challenges that we’re facing at the moment, but I think the players are really adapting well to the new way of working and working hard on the training pitch, and that’s all they can do really is concentrate on what they do on the training pitch and take it into games.

“This month is more league-based and will give us the opportunity to get some momentum and concentrate on our league form, so we can be more consistent with our team if possible and pick up as many points as we can, but it was a really unusual first month of the season, something I’ve not experienced before.”

STEVENAGE

Brandon Thomas-Asante, Stevenage 0-1 Salford City
Brandon Thomas-Asante scored the winning goal at The Lamex Stadium in February.

The Boro had a difficult season in 2019-20 and for a while were set for The National League until a further points deduction saw Macclesfield Town relegated instead.

Manager Alex Revell was the third managerial appointment of the season after Graham Westley’s departure following our win at the Lamex Stadium in February. The former striker has recruited a mixture of youth and experience but they too have had an encouraging start to the season with no less than nine players already on the scoresheet.

Between them they have scored 10 goals in five games, which is equal to all Stevenage managed in 2020 before the start of the current season (15 games), and victory against Oldham Athletic registered a first win in 12 since a 4-0 result at Cambridge United on January 18th.

Stevenage were one of two teams we did the ‘double’ over in 2019-20, albeit with a narrow 1-0 win in February, but the Gaffer is expecting a tough challenge on Saturday.

“I think it can happen for clubs, certainly if you’ve had a difficult season the season before, the summer and the new season is a fresh start for everybody and obviously Alex Revell took over late last season and is looking to stamp his identity on his club and on his team. 

“They’ve won, drawn and lost this season so they might be finding their feet as well but I think they’ve got a good team with decent energy, and they create chances.

“We know it’s a tough place to go, it was a tough game last year in horrendous conditions really with the wind and the rain which we managed to win, so we’ll take that result again but we’re going to have to work just as hard.”

HOW TO WATCH

The game is behind closed doors, but supporters in the UK and overseas can watch online* for £10 and £7 respectively, or listen to live match commentary for £2.50. This game is NOT included in the Season Ticket Holder package.

Click here for more information about streaming the game.

Match coverage begins at 14:55 BST ahead of kick-off at 15:00 BST, but join in the pre-match conversation with Zarah Connolly who will be live from the TalkTalk Studio with Babs from 14:30. Watch that for free on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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