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 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 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.