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These 2 players stood out as Salford City ease past Tranmere Rovers

Last night saw Salford City travel to Tranmere Rovers for the final round of the Leasing.com trophy. They managed a 2-0 win and progressed to the next round.

Salford has been competing in the Leasing.com Trophy for the first time. Last night saw them win 2-0 which means they topped their group and have advanced to the next stage.

Collectively, the Salford squad put on a great performance. However, there was two stand out players.

Oscar Threlkeld opened the score sheet after only 2 minutes. Then, the Salford Captain, Liam Hogan managed to head home the winner.

Here’s why both of these players deserve praise for their performances…

Oscar Threlkeld

The ex Bolton player has only been with Salford since the start of this campaign. I have seen him in action and have been very impressed by him in the past.

I predicted that he would be a stand out player for Salford this season, however, he hasn’t had much game time.

Last night saw him start the game and score after 2 minutes. This goes to show that he should be in the squad more often.

Liam Hogan

The 30-year-old centre back started his first game for the Ammies this season last night. He has been watching from the sidelines due to recovery.

Now, he is back with the Captain’s armband on. Fans are happy to see him return. Especially when he scored.

In the 56th minute, he showed that he was back with a bang when he headed home the winner. This clearly shows that he is still working just as hard.

Salford City will be looking to close the gap on Newport County by taking advantage of this weakness

Salford have had a great couple of weeks in League Two. They’ll be looking to build on their form by taking some points from Newport County.

The Ammies managed to beat Mansfield 2-1 away. They then built on that with a 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe at home.

Newport currently sit 7th in League Two on 27 points. Salford are 12th with 21 points.

There’s a tight gap between the two that could be closed by Graham Alexander’s side this weekend.

If they want to do that, Salford will have to pick up on Newport’s weaknesses. Here’s one to consider…


Newport have had a lot of 1-1 draws this season. A lot of the time, they have gone 1-0 up and ended up drawing.

For example, they went 1-0 up against Colchester after 5 minutes. They ended up losing 3-1.

They also went 1-0 down at Crawley and only equalised in the 74th minute. Their 1-0 win against Carlisle only came in the 96th minute.

Against Macclesfield, they also went 1-0 up in the 1st minute but ended up drawing.


Salford can now take advantage of this. If they can keep their performance to a high standard, they’ll be able to score. Maybe even a few.

It’s clear that Newport can’t hold on to a lead. However, the Ammies will have to create goals themselves.

Salford City need this one player to continue his form in impressive October

Salford are currently 15th in League Two. In order to continue climbing the league, there’s one player who needs to stay on top form.

Salford’s performances later have improved. They’ve had some great wins recently over Walsall, Cambridge and Mansfield.

However, in order to keep up the solid performances and keep climbing the league, they’ll have to remain consistent.

One player that has stood out for the Ammies in recent weeks is someone who’s produced a few goals which have led to wins.

Adam Rooney

The 31 year old striker sometime struggles with finding the back of the net.

However, in recent games, he’s been one of the only players to produce them. If he can keep it up, he can help Salford climb Leage Two.

Current form

In recent games, he’s managed to score against Mansfield, Cambridge and Crewe.

He’s on top of his game currently and if he can keep it up, he will make a difference for Graham Alexander’s side.

Salford City fans happy for back-to-back wins – ‘Probably best they’ve played this season’

Salford City fans were left happy this weekend as their side made it 2 wins in a row. The Football Manc Cave looks at your reactions.

After a 3-0 win over Walsall last week, there were high hopes for another 3 points this week.

Graham Alexander’s side managed a 1-0 win at the Peninsula stadium over Cambridge United. It was Adam Rooney who managed to get himself on the score sheet after 77 minutes of play. They also managed a clean sheet yet again.

However, the Ammies managed to keep it that way. Now it has taken them up to 14th in League Two which should keep fans happy. Especially if good performances keep coming.

Here are your thoughts…

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If these 2 players keep up with their early season form, it’ll be an easy win for Salford City today

The Football Manc Cave are looking at Salford City as they face Leyton Orient.

Salford will be looking to try and take some more points from this weekends game. They face Leyton Orient at home and with their recent draws, they’ll be hungry for a win.

The Ammies have most recently managed a draw with Plymouth, 2-2 and the same again with Carlisle. Leyton Orient managed a win at Mansfield, 3-2 but then lost 3-2 at Crawley. Both teams are fighting it out mid-table with Salford 15th and Leyton at 13th with only a point separating the two teams.

It will be a tough game for the Ammies because even though the teams are at a similar level in the league, they both will be looking for 3 points and have both proved that they can create goals so this may be a high scoring match.

Line Up News

Rather than pick out a full line up like I usually would, I’ve chosen to focus on two key players who have been performing great recently.

Christopher Neal, Ibou Touray, Nathan Pond and Jake Beesley are just a few of Salford’s stand out teammates, the list could go on but here’s two that are making the difference for the Ammies…

Carl Piergianni

Not only has his form recently been brilliant, but he’s also just reached 100 Salford appearances which is a great achievement and this game will be big for him.

Mani Dieseruvwe

I predicted at the beginning of the season that he would be one to watch and he certainly has proven me right. He is racking up his goal tally and here’s one of them.

With such a strong line-up, Salford should make this home clash exciting.

What positives can Salford City take away from the Plymouth draw

Graham Alexander’s side surprised against Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night by managing a draw, 2-2. The Football Manc Cave is looking at the positives to come out of this game.

Plymouth Argyle has a lot of ex Bury players and their ex-manager in charge, so the match was always going to be an interesting game as they were relegated last season and Salford were promoted. I had predicted that Plymouth would win.

Both teams had something to prove, Salford was out to prove they belonged in the league and Plymouth are on a mission for promotion. The 2-2 draw was exciting and here are two positives that Salford can take away from the game…

Away Point

Salford’s home form has been great but their away form needed to be better. This happens with a lot of teams and it’s to be expected that when a new team enters the league, they struggle away. This draw will really help the squad and motivate them as they’ve managed to get a point away from home and score twice. Doing this against Plymouth is also something that will build their performance.

Took The Lead

Not only did they manage a point and score twice but they also took the lead twice. Obviously, they’ll have to work on keeping a lead in future, however, the second Plymouth goal was a penalty so maybe they just need to work on not getting sloppy in defence in order to keep a win. Salford will continue to push for points in their League 2 campaign.

Can Salford City’s home form be enough to overcome Plymouth Argyle

The Football Manc Cave is giving you a glimpse into what should be an interesting and exciting game this week, Salford City vs Plymouth.

This league is a new challenge for both teams with Salford only being promoted at the end of last season. Alongside that Plymouth being relegated into this league and then having to adapt to a new manager, Ryan Lowe, and a lot of players from Bury who followed in the manager’s footsteps. This should make it an exciting game with a lot of action. Straight off the bat, Plymouth would be favourites, although anything can happen.

Salford’s Form

Salford 2-0 Stevenage

Crawley 2-0 Salford

Salford 1-1 Port Vale

Plymouth Argyle’s Form:

Crewe 0-3 Plymouth

Plymouth 1-0 Colchester

Newport County 1-0 Plymouth

Salford’s home form is obviously a lot better than their away form so far however, that is to be expected from most clubs. Hopefully, their home crowd can get behind them and they can deliver.

Squad News:

Chris Neal has been playing brilliantly for Salford and he’ll have guaranteed his place in the squad. Carl Piergianni received the man of the match for his efforts last weekend. Adam Rooney will no doubt be leading his team out. Richie Towell is the one to look out for and his form will guarantee him a place in the squad too. Mani Dieseruvwe is another player who’s already scored two goals this season and will be looking to add to that tally. Jake Beesley got his first EFL goal last weekend and made the equaliser so he’s another who Graham Alexander will probably be considering giving another chance.


Unfortunately, I do think Salford will lose as Plymouth are looking the stronger side. I do think that with the home crowd, Salford will be able to find the back of the net at least once though.

Three players that have to start tonight for Salford City against Middlesbrough

Salford City will face Championship side Middlesbrough in their toughest game of pre-season.

It is likely that a strong side will be playing against Middlesbrough tonight, as Salford have rotated heavily in previous pre-season games.

Salford’s biggest season as a football club is around the corner. It is important for Alexander to nail down his tactics within the squad and iron out any issues. Against Woking, Salford struggled tremendously defending set-pieces but looked brutal on the counter-attack and around the box. It is clear that Salford is great on the attack, but need work done in the defence in order to cope in League Two.

Their last match was at home, against Woking. Salford City suffered a 3-1 defeat despite looking the better outfit throughout the game.

Three players, in particular, stood out for Salford City and should feature against Middlebrough as manager Graham Alexander looks to settle on his best eleven…

Richie Towell

In the game against Woking, new signing Richie Towell ran the centre of midfield and was the stand-out player all game. He even bagged Salford’s only goal with a brilliant strike. His high work rate and quality will be important the Salford City this season and is likely to play against Middlesbrough.

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe

In Salford’s 3-1 defeat to Woking, their forwards faced two towering defenders. The height difference made it very difficult for the Ammies to challenge in the box. Dieseruvwe himself stands at 6ft 4 and was much more of a threat against Woking’s big defence.

Danny Lloyd

Lloyd’s low centre of gravity and fantastic close control makes him a fantastic attacking-midfielder for Salford City. The number 10 is constantly finding pockets of space and relaying the ball to his teammates. He is crucial to the way Salford attack. In a game against Middlesbrough, Lloyd can truly test himself against a Championship side.

Salford’s biggest season as a football club is around the corner. It is important for Alexander to nail down his tactics within the squad and iron out any issues. Against Woking, Salford struggled tremendously defending set-pieces but looked brutal on the counter-attack and around the box. It is clear that Salford is great on the attack, but need work done in the defence in order to cope in League Two.

Salford City’s midfield against Woking should look like this tonight – agree?

Salford City will face Woking again in a pre-season friendly tonight. The Football Manc Cave take a look at what their possible midfield line could look like after their summer signings aim to please.

Alan Dowson’s side will visit the Peninsula Stadium in Salford City’s first home friendly. The clubs faced each other last year and Salford managed a 1-0 win. In order to achieve the same this year, the Ammies will need to put out a good team.

They’ve got a list of options for their midfield positions and here’s who I think should be given a chance against Woking presuming the formation leaves them in need of four players.

Oscar Threlkeld

The defensive midfielder only signed for Salford over the summer and the pre-season games will give him the perfect opportunity to show his worth. He’s known as a defender profoundly although he has played in a defensive midfield position comfortably before and is listed on Salford’s website as a midfielder. This could give Graham Alexander a perfect opportunity to play him in both positions and shift him around to see where he sits best.

Mark Shelton

Shelton suffered last season with an injury which put him out for four months. He got over this and came back fighting. The midfielder was then a part of the team that saw Salford promoted at the end of the season. He should now get an opportunity to try and prove himself in pre-season, and it’ll give him a chance to keep his fitness up.

Joey Jones

I would let all my new signings take a start in a friendly to see how they cope or, at least bring them on at some point. Jones only joined the Ammies this summer just like Threlkeld. He has also played for Woking in the past which will be interesting to see him go up against his old teammates.

Richie Towell

Finally, another new signing. This might sound like a risky line-up but as I said, new signings should be given a chance in pre-season friendlies as it gives everyone an idea of how they will perform. It also gives them a chance to impress. It was Towell’s birthday this week so a start would be a great present for the midfielder. He’s already been seen in training and a friend that has already taken place, so he could get another chance to shine on a Friday.

3 players that should use pre-season to impress for Salford City

As Salford City head into their new and exciting League Two campaign. The Football Manc Cave have selected three players who will be aiming to impress before the season starts.

Graham Alexander’s team managed to secure promotion from the National League to League Two at the end of last season via the playoffs. I think it’s safe to say that all of the team, including new signings, will all be out to impress and aim for another promotion.

Salford won a pre-season friendly 4-0 this week against SAK 1914. There’s been no confirmation of goal scorers yet, although newly signed players have been seen with the squad.

With that in mind, here are 3 players that will want to show they can step up and prove, that they’re worth taking a chance on this coming season.

Oscar Threlkeld

The Bolton born man spent a lot of his career shuffling between Bolton Wanderers and Plymouth Argyle. He’s only signed for the Ammies this summer and fans are excited to see him in action. Threlkeld will be looking to break into the squad as soon as possible. He’s very versatile, as he’s a known midfielder who can also play in defensive positions. I think he’ll make a big impact on fans and the team next season.

Joey Jones

Previously being a part of Arsenal, Leicester City, Yeovil Town, Woking Town and Eastleigh. The 25-year-old will be looking to make an impression. Salford hasn’t been strangers to signing players this summer, so he will have a fight in his hands if he wants to get games. If he can get the chance to prove that he is worth being in the Salford defence, he will want to go all out as he’s been subject to a lot of free transfers over the years.

Mani Dieseruvwe

A player who has been in the squad for a few years now. He broke into the squad last season in the team’s campaign to win promotion. I imagine he will now be hungry to prove that he’s worth a shot, whether it be bringing him off the bench in desperate times or starting him. Salford had another friendly with Atherton recently, where Dieseruvwe scored the only goal of the game. I think he’s trying his best to put his name out there already.

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