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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 win proves they could be playoff contenders, agree?

Graham Alexander’s side managed a 2-1 away win over Newport County. This has taken the Ammies to 11th in the league. Could they end up in a playoff position?

Salford were promoted to League Two last year and fans wondered whether they would be able to live up to expectations.

Now they are in fact climbing the league. It even looks like they could face a playoff position if they continue the good form.

The Ammies are currently 11th in the league on 24 points. However, they have a long way to go before the end of the season.

Their away win over Newport County has given them another 3 points. League Two is going well for them.

Good form

There have been some weeks when Salford haven’t been at their best. They lost 2-0 to Northampton a few weeks ago.

They also conceded 4 goals against Crewe and Forest Green. However, wins and draws along the way have meant they have climbed the league.


Could Salford do it? They’re already 11th and could continue to climb.

If they could keep on top of perfromances, points could mean they eventually take a playoff spot.

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.

’Great play lads and well deserved.’ Salford City fans react to their win

Salford City travelled to Mansfield last night. Graham Alexander’s side managed to take all three points in a 2-1 win.

The game remained goalless until half time. However, Salford came out fighting in the second half.

Jake Jervis managed to put the Ammies 1-0 up just after half time. Adam Rooney then made it 2-0 and Salford took all three points.

Mansfield scored in the 77th minute but it wasn’t enough. This now takes Salford to 15th in the league on 20 points.

Here’s your reactions…

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Two in, two out for Salford City tonight against Mansfield

Graham Alexander’s Salford side will be looking to try and take some points from tonight’s away clash with Mansfield.

After Salford’s weekend loss to Northampton, three points will be needed. However, taking just a point from the game might seem more likely as Mansfield are only one place above Salford in League Two.

The Ammies home form seems a lot better than their away form. They need to start finding goals away from the Peninsula Stadium.

One way that Graham Alexander can achieve that is to change his team up a bit. Here’s two players who should be on the bench and two to replace them…

Out: Adam Rooney

It’s not that the striker isn’t playing well, he has scored a few goals so far this season.

However, he seems to be more effective when he’s brought on as a substitute. Maybe he should be used in the last quarter of the game to try and motivate Salford’s attack.

Out: Craig Conway

The winger is another player who might benefit from being on the bench.

Alexander can always use Conway if his sidebar struggling but he did get subbed against Northampton. This could suggest that he is more beneficial to the team coming on as a substitute rather than starting.

In: Mani Dieseruvwe

I have said since the start of Salford’s League Two campaign that Dieseruvwe deserves more of a chance.

He was defective at the beginning of the season for Salford but now is just used as a late substitute most games. Maybe starting him could motivate the team to attack.

In: Oscar Threlkeld

Threlkeld is one of Salford’s most underrated players in my opinion. I saw him in preseason and he’s very versatile.

This is why I think he deserves more of a chance. He can operate the defense and midfield but is also effective as a winger. Why not give him a chance to see if there’s a difference in the squad?

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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Salford City need these 2 against Cambridge Utd to gain back-to-back wins

Graham Alexander’s Salford team needed some points in recent games. Last weekend saw them take all three from Walsall. The Football Manc Cave are looking at two players who could help The Ammies achieve back to back wins.

Salford started the season better than expected. However, things took a turn recently when they went through a stage of conceding quite a few goals in games.

Last week saw them pull out a good performance with a 3-0 win over Walsall. Goals from Luke Armstrong, Jake Jervis and Ibou Touray helped contributed towards the successful performance.

This weekend will see Salford take on Cambridge United at home. Here are two players that I have picked out who could step things up to help the Ammies take another three points…

Luke Armstrong

The 23-year-old was determined last week. He got his first goal for Salford after signing this summer. Now that he’s got a taste for celebrating finding the back of the net, maybe it will motivate him to do it more often.

This is the reason why he has made this list. Hopefully, Graham Alexander will start him this weekend for his efforts recently. That way, Armstrong might stand a better shot at making it 2 goals in 2.

Craig Conway

The newest addition to the Ammies. He made his debut against Walsall and the 34-year-old winger made an impression on fans.

With him being a new signing, he may be a refreshing option when it comes to Alexander picking his squad. His experience around the leagues may also help other players improve.

Salford City fans unhappy following defeat ‘Enough is enough now we’ve got one of best sides on paper in the league and he still doesn’t know his best side!’

Graham Alexander has been leading his team to quite a successful run in League Two. However, yesterday afternoon saw his side lose 4-1 to Crewe Alexandra.

In the 40th minute of the game, Salford shocked Crewe and went 1-0 up. Adam Rooney managed to put one away past Will Jaaskelainen and things were looking up. However, it was the second half that saw Crewe wake up.

In the 50th minute, Crewe equalised to make it 1-1. From then they went on to take the game and make it their own. Goals in the 58th minute, 63rd minute and the 82nd minute saw Crewe win 4-1.

This led to a section of fans calling for the managers head. Salford are in the EFL for the first time in their history, and many fans have taken their meteoric rise through the leagues for granted

Maybe it’s a little early on in the season for reactions like below…

Salford City looking for back-to-back wins with this solid defence today against Crewe

Salford City will be hoping to earn back-to-back wins for the first time this season, as they beat Grimsby Town on Tuesday at Moor Lane. They have a tough game, as they travel to high-flyers Crewe Alexandra who sit second in League Two.

Graham Alexander will desperately be hoping his side can put a string of results together, to overcome a poor start. Well, it was expected that it would take Salford time to adjust to life in the EFL, however being the bookies pre-season favourites to win the league added pressure.

So, let’s take a look at how their defence should look tomorrow, as they look to keep another clean sheet at Alexandra Stadium…

In goal will be Kyle Letheren. The shot-stopper has done well since signing for The Ammies from Plymouth Argyle in the summer. The 31-year-old offers that vital experience and leadership, to a youthful, inexperienced Salford side. Letheren marshalled the side well last week, to ensure the clean sheet and will be hoping to do the same again today.

Salford’s defence

Cameron Burgess made just his third start for the club since signing from Scunthorpe United in the summer. In two of those three games, they’ve kept a clean sheet so read into that what you will. Despite being just 23, the Australian has bags of experience playing at this level for Fulham, Cheltenham Town, Bury and Oldham Athletic. He is comfortable playing out from the back, which is important when playing a back three.

Lois Maynard and Carl Piergianni will make up the back three, both of which were an integral part of the promotion-winning side last season.

Although Salford is an attractive club for players to join, it’s imperative they maintain a structure and keep players that have gone up the leagues with the club, and understand the club as a whole. Both players are good defenders, and importantly solid on the back, which allows them to build attacks from the defence, exactly what Alexander wants from his defenders.

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