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Do Salford City need to do anything in the remaining transfer window weeks

With only a couple of weeks left in the transfer window for leave one and two, The Football Manc Cave is looking at what Salford City can do.

If they manage to make any more signings in these next two weeks then it can only be a bonus to the squad. In my opinion, after seeing them twice in pre-season, I don’t think any new signings in any area is a priority. They’ve signed some great players who just need a little more work.

At the end of the day, Salford only got promoted at the end of last season and there were naturally average expectations for their standard of football in a new league. They had some tough pre-season games like Middlesbrough and Woking which saw some newbies like Richie Towell and Oscar Threlkeld in action.

They’ve done pretty well in League Two so far and they’ve found players that have helped them reach the standards required in this new league. They won their opening league fixture at home against Stevenage and managed a draw recently against Port Vale, 1-1. Considering they’re new to League Two, this is a good start.

Fitting the jigsaw pieces

It’s not new signings that they need to be looking at, they just need to find places for their new signings and see which position best suits their players. Ritchie Towell was amazing in pre-season. He creates chances, finds the back of the net sometimes and fights for every ball. From what I saw in the friendly games, it seems Salford can create chances very well, they just struggle to pass in the box from time to time, this can be because of greed a lot of the time.

When they are on top form, they play brilliantly and the chances they create usually end up in the back of the net. The squad just need to keep in the back of their mind that they have moved up a league and they don’t want to end up going back down.

Salford City: Taking League Two football to new levels

Salford City is the talk of the town, with that brings expectation and pressure. Can they deliver and win a third promotion on the bounce?

Many expected The Ammies to breeze through the National League last season, however, that wasn’t the case. Salford was made to settle for the play-offs, in which they defeated AFC Fylde in the final at Wembley, 3-0.

The bookmakers made Salford immediate favourites to win League Two, following the hype created by football fans, I can only assume. It’s their first-ever season in the EFL, and despite having a billionaire who is a part stakeholder in the club, they must abide by Financial Fair Play rules and have to remember, they are still only a League Two club, one step at a time.

The class of 92 ambition

I admire their ambition. The class of 92 aren’t doing this as a publicity stunt or a job on the side, they want to take this club to the very top. Some people will like them, others will hate. They are following all the same rules as the other 23 teams, if anything, it makes the rest of the league try 10x harder to beat them. “Let’s get one of over on Neville & co. Let’s show them what money can’t buy” etc.

Salford has a good manager in Graham Alexander, someone who has experience of both playing and managing at a lower level. It’s important to just do your job. Do the basics, sign hungry players, play simple football and win games. They haven’t been caught up in the whole media hype, it’s just a club going about their business and achieving their targets like every other club.

We all know what social media is like these days. In a couple of months the hype and talk will die down, they’ll be treated and talked about just like any other club.

‘Salford City lost a game. It’s hardly time for panic stations’

Crawley Town handed Salford City their first-ever EFL defeat, as they won 2-0 at The People’s Pension Stadium.

This will have come as a shock to some, but is it really? It’s the start of the season, nobody is fully up to speed and it’s League Two football, after all, everyone beats each other.

Salford were the pre-season bookie’s favourites to win the league, despite it being their first ever seen in the EFL. That’s not Salford’s fault. They don’t make up the odds.

Having the Class of 92 involved brings an enormous amount of outside pressure and expectation from the media and neutral fans. However, let’s remember they have League Two players who’ve probably not dealt with that weight of expectation ever in their careers.

I saw suggestions this will be a wake up call and culture shock, nonsense. Graham Alexander knows League Two as well as any other manager. He’ll know they’re in for a long, tough scrappy season. They lost a game. Hardly time for panic stations.

People talk as if Salford have just luckily found themselves in League Two, and are trying to win it with players with no experience, who have suddenly been shocked by the toughness of the league. Way off the mark. Salford has the squad to fight and scrap for points while having that balance of quality too.

They’re a good side that has earned the right to be in League Two, along with the other 23 teams. At the moment, everyone is watching and talking about their results. Wait until 10 games in, the hype train will die down and Salford can get to work.

These two players need to start for Salford City on Saturday

Salford City travel to Crawley Town on Saturday for their first-ever League Two away match.

The Ammies, under the leadership of Graham Alexander, won their opening day match 2-0 against Stevenage. An impressive performance in a match they dominated from minute one. That will have settled any pre-season nerves that the staff, players and fans had. They are more than good enough to compete at this level.

So, one down, 45 to go…it’s a long old season. Let’s take a look at two players that must start on Saturday for Salford…

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe

The man that scored Salford’s first-ever EFL goal, and their second. Dieseruvwe is still only 24 but has played at a lot of clubs, without really settling down at one. Even for Salford, he hasn’t featured a lot in his two-year spell. Maybe this year is the one when everything clicks into gear. The striker looked a real handful vs Stevenage, although the goals weren’t brilliant, he was there to put them away.

This is his chance to carry on that form, be a hero and make Salford your home. A confident striker is a dangerous striker, he’ll be raring to go on Saturday.

Richie Towell

This was The Ammies best signing of the summer, in my opinion. A midfielder that should dictate many games this season. Towell was very good for Rotherham in both the Championship and League One. Still only 27, he could easily still mix at those levels.

Salford has found a gem, build your team around him, give him the ball as much as possible. Fair play to Alexander, finding a midfielder of that quality to play in League Two must take some pulling power, you’ve done the hard work, now just sit and enjoy the results.

Salford City’s strong start shows they’re not here to make up numbers

Salford City got off to a great start in League Two as they managed to beat Stevenage 2-0 at home.

I got to see Salford’s pre-season games and it’s safe to say that fans didn’t get to see the best out of their team. There was some good football and stand out players, however a lot of losses, this made people wonder how they would perform in the league. This game was also going to be on Sky so the added pressure was something that people thought might throw them off. They surprised in their first home game of the season after being the stronger side and managing to bag a win.

First Half

The Ammies didn’t only get off to a great start in the league but a strong start in this game too. A couple of minutes in, they managed to win a corner. Newbie Ritchie Towell stuck out as he went in for every challenge and tried to put the pressure on.

Stevenage also tried to apply the pressure but Salford’s defence was just too tight for them. It only took 17 minutes for Salford’s Rooney to hit the bar. It was at this point when they became the favourites as chance after chance meant a goal would soon come.

26 minutes in, Stevenage did manage to get the ball in the back of the net only for it to be ruled offside and Salford to respond in the best way. After a series of passes and the Ammies trying to show they meant business, Wiseman brilliantly controlled the ball and hit a long pass which managed to reach Mani Dierseruvwe and he scored Salford’s first-ever league goal.

At the 32 minute mark, Dierseruvwe nearly put Salford 2-0 up after another great bit of play from Towell. Salford managed to keep their lead until half time. At this point, the second half could have gone one of two ways. Either Salford would have come back out feeling inspired after the first half or Stevenage would have been told to work harder and Salford could have slipped in standards.

Second Half

Coming out and showing they wanted the win, Salford clearly had a half time team talk that made them motivated to win even more. Just after the whistle went, Wiseman nearly assisted Salford’s second as he crossed it into the box and it just missed Towell and Dierseruvwe.

It was only the second minute of the second half when Mani Dierseruvwe finally got rewarded for his efforts and put the Ammies 2-0 up. This came from a clever free-kick headed down by Piergianni which couldn’t be blocked by the Stevenage players in the box and Mani Dierseruvwe bagged his second.

55 minutes in and nearly a third for Mani again after Towell managed to push forward and find the striker, only for his shot to be put wide. Salford kept on this same pressure until the end of the game.

In the 77th minute, Richie Towell’s time was up as he was subbed. Even though he created most of the Ammies chances and looked really promising for the rest of the season, he had managed to get a yellow card in the first half so taking him off was probably sensible as he does go on for every ball.

Ten minutes later and Mani Dierseruvwe was also taken off. He only had two minutes of normal time to get a hat trick but was still taken off. This may have been just to waste time. Oscar Threlkeld made his debut for the club when he replaced the goal scorer.

The Ammies managed to win 2-0 after five minutes of injury time. It was a great performance for them and fans were left feeling very happy and excited for the rest of the season. I am also glad that Oscar Threlkeld and Ritchie Towell got to make appearances as I wrote an article this week on why the pair should be given a chance in Salford’s first game of the season. The very promising performance has set high standards not only for Salford but for all League two teams.

Two players that must appear for Salford City today

Salford City’s opening fixture in League two will see them face Stevenage and The Football Manc Cave have picked out two players who should feature in the game.

I was at two of Salford City’s pre-season matches and got a good idea on who will be stand out players for them as they go into League Two. The promotion will be hard as a whole new league will prove difficult. However, new signings this summer have brought fresh and energetic legs into the mix. With that in mind, here are two of those players who should make an appearance this weekend…

Ritchie Towell

The 28-year-old played in both games that I got to see this summer and he stood out for me. The midfielder has pace and will run players down the middle. He will create chances and score. I saw him find the back of the net in their friendly against Woking and he really deserved the goal. Despite only signing for the Ammies this summer, he seems to have blended in perfectly and will be a stand out player this season.

Being a part of the squad today whether it be starting, or bringing him on in the second half will see a burst of energy on the pitch that should drive the whole team forward.

Oscar Threlkeld

Threlkeld is a product of Bolton’s youth and has spent the majority of his career at Plymouth Argyle. He joined Salford this summer and again, I got to see him in action. If he isn’t started against Stevenage then he should definitely be brought on at some point, especially if the Ammies are behind or struggling. In both games, he tried to run down the wings to create crosses that would hopefully lead to goals if he gets a chance in the league.

The 25-year-old is another player who seems to have gelled well with his new teammates, and will contribute towards a successful season for Salford.

What will former Swindon Town man offer Salford City?

Salford City has completed the signing of Martin Smith, on a two-year contract, following his release from Swindon Town at the end of last season.

The 23-year-old started his career at Sunderland, and had loan spells at Gateshead United and Carlisle United, before moving to Kilmarnock permanently. Swindon signed the midfielder in 2018, he made 11 appearances last season, before leaving to join Salford.

Smith doesn’t bring a great deal of playing experience to Moor Lane, however, he’s been around the lower leagues throughout his career. So he will know the demands of League Two, and how important it is to maintain a good level of performance during a 46 game season.

Smith was highly-rated as a youngster, however, his career hasn’t gone to plan so far, perhaps this is the break he needs to kick-on. It’s all about him playing football, being happy and tasting success. Sunderland has had a great academy for many years, bringing through England internationals Jordan Henderson and Jordan Pickford, Smith played in the same academy side as them, which shows he’s got the talent. Salford will give him regular game time and an opportunity to start developing his career.

Martin Smith quotes

On arriving at Salford City, Smith said:

“I’ve had a journey in the game which has had some good moments and tough moments which got me here now but I’ve loved every minute of it, it’s something that I love doing. I love getting up each day and going to training and I love playing each week so this is a massive opportunity.

The clubs I’ve been at I’ve learnt a lot and developed as a person, as a player, and I feel I’m ready for this challenge and I’m ready to be successful and to help this club as much as I can to get to where we all want to be.”

Why should Salford City look to Bradford City striker

According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Salford City are interested in signing Bradford City striker Eoin Doyle.

The Irishman scored 11 goals for the Bantams last season, which wasn’t enough to keep them in League One. Since then, Gary Bowyer has rebuilt his attacking options with the signings of Clayton Donaldson and a James Vaughan, two players that will undoubtedly bring success at that level. These signings have moved Doyle down the pecking order, and he may seek a move elsewhere to guarantee himself first-team football.

Dan, from The Football Manc Cave, looks at what Doyle could offer Salford if he was to sign.

Goals

The striker has scored a lot of goals in the EFL over the years, for Bradford, Chesterfield, Oldham and Preston. A move to an ambitious Salford side, will excite him no doubt, however, will Bradford sell him to promotion rivals?

If the move goes through, The Ammies would be signing a striker that should almost guarantee goals in League Two. Doyle has 46 goals in 100 appearances in League One, that’s a pretty good record for a player that’s had a lot of loan spells, and hasn’t played for clubs fighting at the top of their leagues.

Salford City boss Graham Alexander will also be looking to find that right balance between quality and experience. Doyle offers both. Although he’s 31, and his best years may be behind him, he’ll still be a constant threat and score goals in League Two. There’s a lot of pressure from outside for Salford to deliver promotion next season, and although I think it’ll be tough, they are signing the right type of players required to succeed in that league.

Players want to play for Salford City. They are on the rise, winning promotions, backed by rich owners, have a good fan base and on a ride that everyone is following. It’ll certainly be an interesting first season in the EFL for the club.

2 free agents that Salford City should be looking at

Salford City manager Graham Alexander is preparing his squad for their first-ever season in the EFL.

The Ammies have already made six additions to their squad this summer. Here at The Football Manc Cave, we look at two possible free agents that Salford could sign.

Although they have a talented squad, and the pull of ‘Class of 92’. It’s important they sign experienced players, who have been successful in the division previously.

So, let’s have a look at a couple of players they could sign on a free transfer…

Ben Turner

Turner is an experienced centre half, who has operated in the EFL for the majority of his career. He was part of the Cardiff City side that won promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13. Turner then played 31 games the following season, however, Cardiff was relegated.

Although, he isn’t the player he used to be. Turner has that vital experience of winning ‘season-defining’ matches, promotions and just being a leading figure around the dressing room. You need these type of players on and off the field, and I think he’d be a great addition to an ambitious, young Salford side.

Tom Adeyemi

This midfielder would be one of the best in League Two if Salford could tempt him to Moor Lane.

I’m surprised Ipswich let him go at the end of last season, I’d say as much that he would be a force in League One. A real midfield powerhouse. Adeyemi has done well at both Cardiff and Leeds, particularly at Leeds Utd when he used to physically boss other midfielders.

Very experienced in the EFL, a ball-winning midfielder, physical and strong. Perhaps a drop down to League Two is unrealistic. However, Salford is a club on the rise, and have more pulling power than most League One sides.

Salford City still to fit the jigsaw pieces together following defeat

Salford City’s pre-season campaign got underway last night as they went up against National League side, Woking.

In what looked like a game that was about to be called off due to the weather causing the pitch to be partially flooded, the Ammies were definitely tested.

Preseason friendlies are put in place to warm players up, get everyone back into the swing of things and show to the management and coaching staff which players deserve a chance in league football. This game gave fans a chance to see Salford’s summer signings, Richie Towell, Oscar Threlkeld, Joey Jones and Dan Jones in action.

Upon arrival at the Peninsula Stadium, the grounds staff were working hard to clear the pitch in order for the game to go ahead. Fans were told that refunds would be available if the friendly couldn’t go ahead. Finally, confirmation was given that the match would go ahead, only 45 minutes later than planned and kick-off finally got underway at 8.15pm.

Three minutes was all fans had to wait to see a chance created for Salford, as a cross from Tom Walker tried to find Threlkeld and Jake Beesley, unfortunately, either failed to make a connection. Nearly ten minutes later, Danny Lloyd nearly finds the back of the net twice and narrowly misses again. It was a promising start for Graham Alexander’s side.

Woking started to get back into the game slowly and had their first chance after 16 minutes. After a series of back and forth, Woking’s Ben Gerring hammers in the opening goal of the match as Chris Neal fails to clear the ball.

It was in the 26th minute when the Ammies managed to get back into the game as new signing, Richie Towell got his shot to shimmy past a defender and land in the top right of the net. This was the Salford fans wanted to see. Shortly after, another newbie, Joey Jones ended up in a nasty clash. Resulting in him having to leave the pitch and go straight down the tunnel for assistance.

There was then some delightful skill from Towell who seemed to have a good game. He managed to get past three players and find Beesley, who’s shot was, unfortunately, rebounded off the keeper to find Adam Rooney but the ball is smothered by the keeper again.

Going into the second half

Woking made it extremely hard for the Ammies to get forward and it was more like a game of headers and volleys in the first half. Half time came around and it was time for Graham Alexander to make a few changes. There was a player on trial last night who’s efforts came to an end as he was substituted for Danny Whitehead.

This didn’t make too much of a difference however as the 52nd minute came around, and Dave Tarpey of Woking managed to take the ball around Neal in a one on one engagement and find the back of the net putting Salford 2-1 down.

A couple more pushes from the Ammies came after the goal and in the 58th minute, a handball from Woking resulted in a free-kick that Richie Towell stepped up to take. The shot went too high and missed which annoyed a few fans who could clearly see Oscar Threlkeld stood on the edge of the box, unmarked, completely clear and onside who was ignored.

Mark Shelton replaced Towell and almost ten minutes later in a moment of desperation, Graham Alexander took off, Nathan Pond, Threlkeld, Walker, Beesley, Rooney, Dan Jones and Danny Lloyd. They were replaced with Wiseman, Touray, Hogan, Dieseruvwe, Rodney, Gaffney and Doyle. These players managed to create the odd bursts of energy although Woking’s efforts kept them away from goal as Paul Hodges slotted the ball past Neal for a third.

Salford still need some fine-tuning

It was a disappointing night for the Ammies. A lot of fans walked out early, probably to shelter from the rain. Even though Alexander’s side suffered a 3-1 loss, this is only preseason and a chance to try different things. Having three new signings in a starting line up is always a risk as you can’t predict how they’re going to perform together.

Hopefully, Tuesday night’s friendly against Middlesbrough will see Salford’s team look a little tighter. There were some really good bursts of football in the match. I think the team just needs to be put together a little bit better now that management has an idea of what’s working.

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