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Paul Hurst previews Ammies trip

25 October 2019

Iron manager Paul Hurst is hoping his side can get their first three points away from home against Salford City on Saturday.

With former manager Graham Alexander at the helm, the current Iron boss believes it will add an extra edge to the game.

He told iFollow Iron: “We’re looking for that first away win. Salford are a newly promoted team and have a former Scunthorpe United manager in charge in Graham Alexander who did a very good job. It adds a bit of spice for some people to the game.

“It would be nice to get back-to-back wins. When a team does that, things look a lot better and you’re six points better off. We’re getting into a position now where we are catching teams above us.”

He praised the supporters after selling out the away end at the Peninsula Stadium earlier today, with over 1,300 Iron fans making the trip to Greater Manchester.

“We’re taking a really big following and I’m sure they’ll get behind the team. It’ll be a new ground for me to visit and most of the supporters as well,” he said.

“The fans can play their part but we have to give them something to shout about. We expect a noisy following and hopefully, they can cheer us on to victory.”

The boss has been impressed with the Ammies’ start to the season but believes the Iron can take something from the game after a mixed bag of results.

“I watched the opening day victory prior to our game and since then, they’ve had some more difficult results. They beat Mansfield the other night which was a good victory,” he explained.

“There was a lot of speculation about them being favourites and you can understand why in terms of what they’ve done with the promotions they’ve achieved. At the same time, there’s a difference in level.”

“We won’t underestimate them, but we feel we can go there and get a result.”

He revealed Iron loanee Cameron Burgess is eligible to play for Salford and will be at Alexander’s disposal at the weekend.

“Cameron [Burgess] is available to play. I know that’s maybe unusual but if you make the decision for a player not to be with you then I’m not of the opinion that you then stop them playing against you. I don’t think it’s fair on the lad.”

Finally, Hurst also gave plaudits to Jordan Hallam and John McAtee who featured for the United Under-23s last evening in a 5-2 victory over Bottesford Town.

“I’m pleased for them both. Jordan [Hallam] has been stop-start and he shows glimpses of looking a good player.

“John [McAtee] impressed in pre-season and has been unfortunate not to get a few more minutes once the season started and had his injury.

He added: “They’re both young players; they could be involved and come off the bench or get the odd start. They could both have very good futures.”

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