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Match preview: Salford City

17 August 2018

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The Spireites will be looking to bounce back from defeat at Barrow in midweek when they travel to face Salford City on Saturday. Here is our big match preview for the game…..

Tickets

Tickets are completely sold out for the trip to the Peninsula Stadium and fans who travel to Salford without a ticket will be turned away by stewards if they attempt to gain entry.

Team News

There will be at least two changes to the starting line-up as Sam Wedgbury was injured in midweek and Jerome Binnom-Williams is suspended after being sent-off. New signing Kyel Reid goes straight into the squad. 

The Opposition

Salford didn’t get off to the best start despite investing heavily over the summer on the likes of Adam Rooney from Aberdeen and Rory Gaffney from Bristol Rovers. In their opening game at home they drew 1-1 against Leyton Orient and have since lost 2-1 to both Sutton United and Gateshead away. However, in their last game against Halifax Town their fortunes changed as they came out 2-1 winners.

Manager – Graham Alexander

The Scot had a lengthy career as a right back/defensive midfielder, playing for Scunthorpe United, Luton Town, Burnley and most notably Preston North End for whom he made exactly 400 appearances as well as appearing 40 times for the Scottish national side. Alexander became the second player to reach 1,000 competitive outfield appearances in English professional football.

In 2011– 2012 season he took over as Preston's caretaker-manager and was then appointed manager of Fleetwood Town in 2012. He won the 2013/14 League Two play-offs and promotion to League One with them but was later sacked in September 2015. He went on to manage Scunthorpe United for two years before being appointed manager of newly-promoted National League club Salford City at the end of last season.

One to Watch

Keep an eye on Salford’s big signing from over the summer, Adam Rooney, who traded the opportunity to play Europa League for Aberdeen for the challenge of the National League. Against Halifax he bagged both goals.

Head to Head

Saturday’s game will be the first time these two sides have ever faced one another.

From the Dugout:

Martin Allen “What they’ve spent on their players, I’ve got no interest in that. It doesn’t faze me in the slightest, good luck to them and good for them. They’ve had a meteoric rise - four promotions in five seasons - they’ve done remarkably well. It’s a fantastic story.”

Watch the pre-match press conference on Spireites Digital or our YouTube channel.

If you are not able to make it down to the game, we will make sure you are as close to the action as possible by...

- Providing full-match commentary on Spireites Digital
- Posting regular coverage on the club’s official Twitter account
- Uploading images during the afternoon on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
- Providing reaction from the game on the official website


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