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Graham Alexander, Salford City, Walsall vs Salford CitySalford City’s search for a first away win of the season carries on to the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday where they face in-form Walsall.

Seven goals isn’t a bad return from five games away from home, but perhaps frustratingly The Ammies only have three draws to show for their efforts.

Opponents Walsall have scored just eight league goals this season, but they are one of the sides in good form in League Two at the moment having won their last three games, and taken 10 points from the last 15 available to them.

Darrell Clarke’s side took their time coming out of the blocks, despite an opening day win after their relegation from League One last season. Much like the last time they were in the division though, in 2006-07, they will be hoping to bounce straight back. 

The Saddlers were Champions that year, pipping Hartlepool United to the title by a point, while Salford settled for a fourth place finish in the North West Counties Football League’s Premier Division, quietly preparing for a – successful – promotion push the next season.

Despite the start to the season, manager Graham Alexander is confident that his side can still work towards some success this season by focusing on themselves and what they want to achieve.

“It’s been a difficult little period for us the last couple of weeks and after the first couple of days analysing the game to see where we can improve, we want to put that into action and that’s what we’ve been trying to do this week. It’s only when you get to the games when you realise if you’ve made those improvements. 

“The thing is that we’ve got to understand, this improvement is going to take a period of time, adjusting to the quality and level that is in this league and we have to make sure that we look at the mid-term and not just the short term which is the next game.

“We’ve played teams at the top and the bottom, certainly the top end lately anyway, and they’ve all been difficult games so we don’t expect anything different on Saturday, like you say they’ve hit a good run of form recently. 

“My focus and concentration is on my players improving and making those slow improvements, week by week, day by day, and starting Saturday we need to see an improvement from last week. 

“It’s important for the players’ mentality, it’s important for ours, for the work we do, it’s important for our supporters, but the focus for us has to be on what we can do and what we can bring to the game.

“You look at the three defeats we’ve had recently, those three teams are in the top four at the moment so a tough run of fixtures following on from games that we could have won, should have won, but we didn’t, so that builds up the pressure against you.

“I think the last couple of results have been a culmination of those games all coming out in a couple of games of difficult moments and we have to draw a line under them for me and focus on the rest of the season, not just the next game but just gradually improving our game, gradually improving our individuals.”

Unbelievable support

Salford City, Salford City fansA good number are expected at Walsall on Saturday, and the Gaffer says that the support has been on another level so far.

“I think our backing this season has been unbelievable, I really do. 

“A couple of games we’ve benefitted from not travelling the whole length of the country but even when we went to Plymouth on a Tuesday night and you see the numbers we took down and the support they gave us, it’s blew us all away really the support we’ve had this season and at home as well, the last couple of games have been difficult for us we know that, but I think the supporters understand where we are as a club.”

Team News

FC Halifax Town 0-0 Salford City, The National League, Rory Gaffney, Matty KosyloThere are no fresh concerns for Salford, with the Gaffer confirming some senior players who have been missing are close to a return.

On-loan striker Rory Gaffney is ineligible to play for The Saddlers as part of his loan agreement.

Admission for away fans is available on the day for the University of Wolverhampton Stand. For more information, have a read of the match information.

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