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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.

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.

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.

‘Seems to be hitting a bit of form, if he’s on he’s game easily the best player in the championship’ Salford City making moves on deadline day

Salford City completed a trio of summer deadline signings, Jack Baldwin, Sam Hughes and Jake Jervis all signed for The Ammies.

Graham Alexander’s side currently sits 16th in League Two and are without a win since beating Stevenage on the opening day.

The bookies had Salford as the favourites to win the league, so the fans will hoping their three new signings can bring a change in their fortunes.

Let’s have a look at how The Ammies fans reacted to their three deadline day signings…

With this attacker recalled it should see Salford City ease past Carlisle Utd

Salford City was denied a massive win at Plymouth last week when Dominic Telford netted an 89th-minute winner to rescue a 2-2 draw.

The Ammies started their season with a 2-0 victory over Stevenage, but have found it tough since, drawing two and losing against Crawley. Salford will be hoping to return home from Carlisle with a big three points, to kickstart their season.

Let’s have a look at how they might line-up at The Cumbrians today…

Veteran ‘keeper Chris Neal will continue in goal. Graham Alexander will likely stick with his three at the back. Lois Maynard, Nathan Pond and Carl Piergianni will be the three central defenders. All very capable defenders, and have the ability to play out from the back, which is important. If Salford can get it right, they’ll do very well this season, they could pass teams off the park, but your three central defenders need to be comfortable receiving the ball under pressure and playing through the midfield.

Scott Wiseman and Ibou Touray will be tasked with providing the width, Touray got himself a goal and an assist last week at Plymouth. Two great assets to the squad, who can both attack and defend.

Richie Towell will play in central midfield alongside Joey Jones. In front of them, I expect Danny Whitehead to keep his place in the team, and look to provide service for the front two.

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe should be recalled to the starting line-up, he looked brilliant on the opening day and a real goal-scoring threat. Perhaps he could form a partnership with fellow striker Jake Beesley. Having already drawn a couple of games, The Ammies will be looking to transfer them into wins, which will ultimately be the difference between them finishing top six, or not.

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.

Salford City need these three players to show their quality against Leeds Utd

Salford City could continue to surprise in their tie against Leeds Utd in the Carabao Cup.

Salford City has gone and drew themselves a big game in their first League Cup tie. They will face Leeds Utd at Moor Lane.

The difference in the quality of the two teams is evident. Salford City has just been promoted to EFL League Two, whilst Leeds have just narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

However, with back to back promotions and an ever-increasing fan base, Salford City have some bite about them. They totally outclassed Stevenage in their first game in the fourth tier, winning 2-0. But then suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Crawley Town.

Salford City has to start showing up to every game. If the best of the team can perform week-in week-out, they can assert their dominance on the league.

Graham Alexander has a lot to deal with against Leeds Utd, a team who will want success in this competition. Eddie Nkeitah is likely to make an appearance. The loanee from Arsenal will be making life even more difficult for the Salford City defence.

Should Salford City be rigid and calm enough to concede less than 2 goals, their quality up front need to pull their weight.

The Football Manc Cave introduces 3 Salford City players who can help cause a ‘cupset’ against Leeds Utd in the Carabao Cup…

Richie Towell

The new signing has been wonderful to watch. Able to score and assist, the midfielder acts as a distributor and a link between players in the forward lines of his team. Whether he worms into the box and pops one himself, score a wonderful free-kick or plays a dangerous ball to the strikers. Towell is always involved in goal-scoring opportunities. He will be pivotal to the quality and supply that Salford City must offer against Leeds.

Adam Rooney

Rooney is Salford’s go-to man for quality and success. He has been Salford’s prolific striker in their recent growth and will continue that this season. Eager to get off the mark this season, there would be no better occasions than at home against a big side two tiers above.

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe

The 24-year-old stands at 6 foot 4 and proved incredibly dangerous after bagging two goals against Stevenage. The striker is beginning to become more and more in favour of him.

With the physical demands of the EFL and Leeds Utd in particular, this striker will be fantastic this season. And may well be the man to carry his team through to the next round of the League Cup.

Whilst Salford are expected to have to defend compact and deep, having the presence of Dieseruvwe upfront to receive and hold the ball will prove pivotal to their counter attacks.

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.

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