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Salford City fans keen to push on – ‘Let’s keep it up now and get some wins under our belts!!!!’

Salford City won their first away game of the season, thanks to a 0-3 victory at Walsall.

After a poor start to their maiden season in the EFL, Graham Alexander will look to push on following this superb result.

The Ammies were expected to be challenging at the top end of the table, however, are struggling in the bottom half. Perhaps this result can be the catalyst for a string of positive results, leading up to the Christmas period.

Let’s see how their fans reacted to finally winning an away game…

This midfielder has been Oldham Athletic’s standout player this season, agree?

French midfielder Christopher Missilou has been Oldham’s best player so far this season.

New Latics manager Dino Maamria gained his first three points on Saturday, with a 3-1 victory over Morecambe at Boundary Park. It was a huge result for the club. Fans needed a boost in confidence, hope that Maamria can turn their season around, he couldn’t have got off to a better start.

The Latics have scored 11 goals in their last four games, which suggests it’s their defence that is causing them problems. Two of the goals were scored by Frenchman Missilou. The midfielder scored the opening goal in the 2-2 draw against Grimsby Town, before netting the first goal again the following week at Scunthorpe United.

The 27-year-old had an impressive start in English football during the 2018/19 season, becoming the heart of the midfield and making 47 appearances, which included a brilliant volley in a 4-1 win over Yeovil Town.

Missilou is an all-round solid midfielder. Physical, strong, quick and suits the style of play for League Two football. A player that Maamria will be looking to build his side around. Mohamad Sylla is a similar type player to Missilou, very good at winning the ball and dangerous in both boxes.

In League Two you need players that can fight for the ball, win tackles and these two will do that.

It’s a brilliant base from Maamria to build off. Sylla and Missilou in midfield, David Wheater provides that experience and stability at the back, they could just do with a regular goal scorer – perhaps that’s what Maamria will be looking to sign in the January transfer window.

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.

Oldham fans react to another managerial appointment’Good Luck Dino. Don’t bother buying a house up here I’d just rent if I were you’

Frenchman Laurent Banide was sacked as manager of Oldham Athletic yesterday, then replaced by Dino Maamria, less than 20 minutes later. Does that have to be some sort of record?

The Latics sit 21st in League Two and are winless in five games. Maamria will take charge of tomorrow’s fixture against Morecambe, played at Boundary Park. The Shrimps have lost five of their last six league matches, therefore Maamria has a perfect opportunity to start his reign with three points tomorrow.

Let’s have a look at how Latics’ fans reacted to the dramatic half-hour yesterday…

How can Dino Maamria get Oldham Athletic motoring again in League 2

Oldham Athletic appointed Dino Maamria as their new manager yesterday, just 20 minutes after sacking Laurent Banide. The Latics sit perilously close to the foot of the table and need a couple of results to kick-start their season.

The Latics have drawn their last three league games 2-2 against Plymouth Argyle, Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United, so you could argue Banide has been a little unlucky in recent weeks. If Oldham had held on in a couple of those games, they’d be halfway up the league and the Frenchman would probably have kept his job. That’s football for you.

However, without sounding harsh, I don’t think Banide was ever going to work. To come to your first English club, with no money and an average squad, was always going to prevent its difficulties. One thing that Maamria recognised in his press conference, was that Oldham is a historic club that he is honoured to work for, that’s important.

Oldham have a strong, loyal fanbase. New managers need to connect with fans on a personal level and make them proud to be Oldham supporters. The fans will turn up in decent numbers on Saturday vs Morecambe, hoping for a result to kick off the fresh start. One big win and good performance will get the fans on side, so it’s imperative they start well.

Oldham have a squad that is capable of finishing mid-table in League Two. They’ve been scoring goals this season, just conceding them too, which is a problem Maamria will address immediately. He’ll be looking to make Boundary Park a fortress, get his side well organised to stop conceding goals, and building a side that Oldham fans will enjoy watching.

Making these 2 changes will see Salford City ease past Grimsby Town

Salford City fell to a disappointing home defeat to Cheltenham on Saturday, to leave The Ammies winless in seven league games.

It’s a worrying time for manager Graham Alexander, who will be hoping his side can bounce back to form against Grimsby Town tonight.

Salford had drawn their five previous league matches before Saturday’s defeat, which will frustrate fans, players and staff. However, the result and performance on Saturday will send the alarm bells ringing. Cheltenham brushed aside Salford, winning 2-0 at Moor Lane.

Alexander’s side were the bookies pre-season favourites to win the League Two title, with just eight points from eight games, Salford is already losing ground on the early pacesetters.

Let’s take a look at a couple of potential changes that may change their fortunes tonight…

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe was their star man on the opening day, as they beat Stevenage United 2-0. The forward looked quick, strong and had an eye for goal, as he bagged two. Since then, he’s scored just the one goal, and started Saturday’s game on the bench.

Perhaps it’s time for him to be reintroduced into the starting line-up, and he can rekindle the form shown in the early part of the season.

Ibou Touray

Ibou Touray is another player I expect to return to the starting line-up tonight when Grimsby visit Moor Lane. The defender has been away on international duty, which is perhaps the reason for his absence on Saturday.

Touray is a big, strong physical presence that certainly offers Salford that stability they lacked on Saturday. At present, they are conceding too many goals. A clean sheet tonight would do the world of good, and maybe kickstart their slow start to the campaign.

Oldham Athletic need to bring in this defender to stop conceding, agree?

Oldham Athletic conceded another two goals on Saturday, as they drew 2-2 with Grimsby Town. The Latics led 2-0 before Grimsby hit back with two late goals to snatch a point.

In their past two games, Oldham has scored four goals against Grimsby and Plymouth Argyle. Scoring goals clearly isn’t their problem, leading 2-0 at home with 10 minutes to go, you should be winning the game, simple. Plymouth was one of the pre-season favourites to win League Two, again scoring two away at Plymouth is good, but they’re conceding too many goals.

The Latics sit near the foot of the table, so it’s important they fix up the defence quickly, otherwise, they’ll have a relegation battle on their hands come May.

So, what can Laurent Banide do tonight, to try and strengthen their defence…

Zachary Mills

Zachary Mills was signed from Morecambe at the end of last season. He performed well for them last season but has rarely featured so far for The Latics. The fact they were leading 2-0 on Saturday with 10 minutes to go, and not winning the game, suggests it’s a lack of experience which is hurting Oldham, and they’re struggling to manage games.

Mills has played in the EFL for a number of years, for Grimsby and Morecambe. Perhaps he can provide some stability and experience, to shore up the defence.

Also, youngster Jamie Stott is awaiting for his first league start of the season. Although Oldham will be looking for a proven defender, they aren’t blessed with an array of options or a big transfer budget. Give Stott his chance, he might surprise a few and thrive on the opportunity.

It’s time: Oldham Athletic must move for Phil Parkinson

The Laurent Banide gamble has failed, it’s time for a change, otherwise Oldham Athletic could find themselves playing non-league football from next season.

It was always a strange appointment. A manager that had no experience of English football, and joined Oldham completely out the blue. It hasn’t worked, as The Latics sit near the foot of League Two. Once you start losing games at this level, it’s very difficult to stop. If Oldham gets rid now and appoint the right replacement, there’s still plenty of games and points, to ensure they stay clear of relegation.

The Latics have won just one of their opening seven league games, with the biggest worry being their home form. Banide’s side have picked up just 2 points at home when they drew 0-0 to Exeter and yesterday’s 2-2 draw. It’s very difficult to get fans on your side and believing in the team when you aren’t picking up points or playing well at home.

The new manager needs to build that connection with the home supporters, make them proud to support Oldham again and give them something to cheer about. Phil Parkinson knows the EFL like the back of his hand. He did a tremendous job at Bradford City, and Bolton Wanderers, under the circumstances.

He won’t be available for long. Parkinson is a highly regarded and respected football manager, whoever is lucky enough to get his signature will be very pleased.

Parkinson will shore up a leaky defence, before anything else. The Latics struggling for goals, perhaps the former Bolton boss will look to utilise the loan market in January, to find a striker that will keep them in the division.

Salford City needs these 2 players to show up against Cheltenham to break the drawing streak

Salford City currently sits 15th in League Two, after a frustrating start to their first-ever campaign in the EFL.

The Ammies started the season with a 2-0 home victory over Stevenage. However, since then they’ve drawn five out of six league games. Manager Graham Alexander will desperately be looking for a solution, to turn the draws into wins. That’ll need to happen soon if Salford is targeting promotion this season.

The positive is, they’ve shown they’re good enough to compete, having only lost one from seven games so far. Now it’s time to push on, score more goals and climb the league. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. I imagine Salford will be happy with mid-table in January, look to strengthen in January and make a late run for the top six when they are perhaps better prepared.

Let’s look ahead to who could provide the dangers to Cheltenham today…

Danny Lloyd

Danny Lloyd scored both goals in their 2-2 draw against Morecambe last week. It’s important he carries on this form and grabs another few goals in the coming weeks. The way Salford play, they will always concede goals, it’s just about scoring enough at the other end to compensate for it. They need to find a regular goal scorer that can score 20+ goals, it’s difficult, but if you’re targeting promotion, that’s what you need.

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe.

Another man that needs to find his goal-scoring boots is Emmanuel Dieseruvwe. The English forward played brilliantly on an opening day win, scoring twice in their solitary win against Stevenage.

I remember watching on Sky, thinking this guy will cause problems in that league. Physical, pacy and looked a nightmare for defenders. Since then, he’s scored just the one goal against Carlisle United. Alexander will be hoping Dieseruvwe can find his early-season form and start scoring goals again.

Oldham Athletic needs Banide to achieve these 2 vital things this season, agree?

Despite excitement upon his appointment, Oldham Athletic’s new manager hasn’t had the easiest start to the EFL League Two season…

Oldham Athletic have only won one League One game so far this season. As they sit in 22nd on five points from seven games, projections of taking the club back to League One have certainly been reconsidered.

Perhaps the job at hand will take a fair few seasons to complete, as Oldham have suffered from having many managers over a short space of time. Making it more difficult to instil philosophies and playing styles from the off for Laurent Banide.

Taking a more pragmatic approach to where Oldham should be, come to the end of the season, here are two things Banide must achieve. Aside from keeping his job, of course.

Staying afloat

Banide must avoid relegation. In fact, by early 2020 the French manager must look like surviving relegation, or his job could be jeopardy, meaning Oldham have to reboot once again.

Avoiding relegation should be the top priority this season. Oldham does not need to win every game to show signs of improvement…

Banide’s philosophies

The squad merely need to prove that they are adhering to what Banide wants from this team. By demonstrating a style of the play, a bit of fight and resilience amongst some individual greatness, it would show that Oldham is actually moving in the right direction for the first time in a long time.

Banide should focus on getting his players to play the way he wants them to. By surviving relegation, Banide can have a go at League Two next season with a more clued up squad.

The situation is somewhat similar to Man Utd with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Having a mismatched squad from several managers who have been subjected to several styles of play can result in a very difficult job for the poor manager who is brought in to sort it all out.

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