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Cox updates ahead of Salford home encounter

12 January 2021

After 10 days without a match, first team manager Neil Cox is looking forward to Tuesday’s home league encounter against Salford City.

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12 January 2021

United saw their weekend match against Bradford City fall victim to the overnight weather conditions, while the Ammies also come into the game following no fixture at the weekend.

“We’re looking forward to the match after having the Bradford game cancelled,” he said, speaking to iFollow Iron.

“We’re raring to go and I think they will be too. I think it’ll be an entertaining game. Richie (Wellens) has come in - he was a good footballer himself - and wants his team to play open, attractive football. I think it’ll be a difficult game for us, but we have to be positive and attack.

“They might have more possession of the ball than us, but we have to try and take control of the game when we can. It’s about who wants to go out there and win the game and who plays the best on the night.”

Without that Bantams match at the weekend, the United boss declared the squad will be the same as it was going into the weekend, with no fresh injury worries and no one coming back into the side.

That is subject to the side’s latest round of testing as per the EFL announcement last week which sees all members of the squad screened for COVID-19.

“Nothing has changed,” he stated.

“We’ve had the latest testing, so we need to make sure everyone is clear of that and then we pick a side from there. We’re doing it before every game, and we have different plans in place just in case anyone does go down. It’s the way it has been for a while and it’s part and parcel of the times we are in.”

Manny Onariase and Myles Hippolyte (both ankle) were rated 50-50 for the weekend as they stepped up their returns, but the duo wouldn’t have been fit for the weekend.

Cox also stated in his pre-match press that they’re set to miss out again: “They managed to train on Monday, but they won’t be available for the game.

“It’ll come a little bit too soon. We want them to have another couple of days training and we’ll look at them again ahead of the weekend. They both trained properly with no problems.”

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