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Match Preview: Salford City vs Stevenage

9 April 2021

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Boro are back on the road this Saturday, as we prepare for an important Sky Bet League Two clash with Gary Bowyer's Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium...

Last time out, Boro extended their unbeaten run to twelve games with a tightly contested 1-1 draw with Bradford City at The Lamex Stadium, with first-half goals coming from Luke Norris and Clayton Donaldson. This result saw Alex Revell's side remain 13th in the League Two table, now seven points adrift of a play-off place.
 
After the game, Boro boss Alex Revell stated, ''We have to attack every game and show people how far we’ve come. The players need to showcase their talents and as a team, we need to show what we’ve shown in the last few weeks, and we didn’t do that because of how they played.
 
Bradford are a good team full of talented players, but ultimately we were disappointed with a draw".
 
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Salford City are managed by Gary Bowyer and currently occupy 11th place in the Sky Bet League Two table, beating promotion contenders Forest Green Rovers 2-0 last Saturday courtesy of an Ian Henderson brace. This was Salford's first win in seven games, and Gary Bowyer's first victory in charge since the departure of Richie Wellens last month.
 
The Red Devils have only lost one home game this season, a 6-0 loss at the hands of Manchester United U21s in the Papa John's Trophy last September. The earlier encounter between Stevenage and Salford this season ended in a 1-0 victory for Salford at The Lamex Stadium, with Ashley Hunter's second minute strike proving enough to separate the two sides. 
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Luke Norris was forced off through injury on Monday, but should be fit for Saturday with Terence Vancooten looking for a reintroduction back to the starting eleven, after the centre-back was rested earlier in the week.  
 
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Referee: Andy Haines

Assistant Referee 1: Wayne Grunnill
 
Assistant Referee 2: Abbas Khan
 
Fourth Official: Christopher Sarginson
 
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In the build-up to Saturday's game, manager Alex Revell stated "This unbeaten run is great for everyone that's involved, but we really wanted to win on Monday and we know there's been too many draws this season. We want to turn those draws into wins and I think we should have won because we had more clear-cut chances than Bradford, it's down to us to convert those chances. 
 
This run of fixtures will ask questions of the players and ask questions of how far we've come. This game will indicate how far we want to go this season and how much can we achieve. We're full of confidence and we want to put on a performance and show people what we're about against one of the biggest teams in the league in terms of financial backing. 
 
Salford are an excellent side and they've got some real quality, but as team we want to beat the best sides in the league with our desire, togetherness and passion to get a positive result". 
 
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