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Opposition profile: Salford City

10 November 2021

With Salford City the visitors this weekend, we take a look at their season so far.

CURRENT POSITION

Gary Bowyer's side enter this weekend sitting 19th in League Two, following a start to the season in which they have won four, drawn four and lost seven.

The most recent league victory came against Hartlepool United on October 16th, when they won 2-0 through goals from Tom Elliott and Matt Willock. Previous successes this season have been against Newport County at home (3-0), Bradford City at home (1-0) and Colchester away (2-0).

They've won their two most recent games in the Papa John's Trophy (5-3 v Leeds United Under-21s) and in the Emirates FA Cup (1-0 v Dagenham and Redbridge).

LAST TIME OUT IN THE LEAGUE


A freak stoppage time own goal from goalkeeper Connor Ripley handed all three points to Exeter City when the Ammies last played in the league a fortnight ago.

Matt Jay had scored the opener for the Exiles on 53 minutes, but Elliott thought he'd rescued a point with an equaliser 11 minutes from time at the Peninsula Stadium before a last minute strike struck the post, hit Ripley on its way back into play and bobbled into the net.

THE MANAGER

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Gary Bowyer was appointed as permanent Manager of the Ammies in the summer, penning a two-year deal after originally taking charge of the side in March until the end of last season.

That short spell last season saw him take the Manager of the Month accolade for April, guiding the team to 20 points from their final 11 fixtures.

Previously twice caretaker manager of Blackburn Rovers before taking the reigns permanently between 2013 and 2015, he then moved onto Blackpool for two years (guiding the side up from League Two in the play-offs in 2017) before a short stint at Bradford City, prior to joining the Ammies.

As it stands, he's managed a total of 325 games in his managerial career, winning 115, drawing 109 and losing 101, with a win percentage of 35.4%.

TOP SCORER


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Tom Elliott is their top marksman with three goals to his name so far. Joining the Ammies in January 2020 from Millwall, the forward currently has five goals in all competitions for the side since his switch from London.

He started his career at Leeds United, before moving onto Macclesfield. He's also had spells at Bury, Rotherham, Hamilton, Stockport, Cambridge and AFC Wimbledon, before moving to the Lions in June 2017.

Elliott has 67 career goals to his name, 60 of which in the league, in a professional career which now spans over 15 years.

THE EVER-PRESENTS


Salford have two players who have started all 15 league games, and these are former Iron midfielder Matthew Lund and defender Liam Shephard.

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FAMILIAR FACES

Lund made the move to Scunthorpe in August 2019, where he scored seven goals in over 50 appearances.

The 30-year-old spent 18 months with the Iron, before making a return to Rochdale. In July 2021, he signed for Salford.

Another very familiar face to Scunthorpe fans in the squad is midfielder Josh Morris, who scored 35 league goals and made over 100 appearances in League One for the Iron between 2016 and 2019.

Morris notched many memorable strikes in claret and blue, and has scored three in all competitions so far this term for the Ammies.

THE SQUAD

NO NAME POS AGE PREVIOUS CLUB LG APPS / SUB (GOALS)
1 Tom King GK 26 Newport 10 / 0 (0)
2 Donald Love DF 26 Shrewsbury 0 / 2 (0)
3 Ibou Touray DF 26 Nantwich 12 / 0 (0)
4 Jason Lowe MF 30 Bolton 14 / 0 (0)
5 Ashley Eastham DF 30 Fleetwood

13 / 0 (2)

6 Corrie Ndaba DF 21 Ipswich 10 / 0 (0)
7 Tyreik Wright MF 20 Aston Villa (loan) 4 / 6 (1)
8 Matthew Lund MF 30 Rochdale 15 / 0 (2)
9 Tom Elliott FW 27 Millwall 7 / 5 (3)
10 Ashley Hunter FW 26 Fleetwood 6 / 4 (0)
11 Josh Morris MF 30 Fleetwood 12 / 0 (1)
12 Zach Jeacock GK 20 Birmingham (loan) 1 / 0 (0)
14 Matty Willock MF 25 Gillingham 5 / 5 (2)
15 Luke Burgess MF 22 Wigan 0 / 1 (0)
16 Jordan Turnbull DF 27 Northampton 10 / 1 (0)
18 Conor McAleny FW 29 Oldham 10 / 0 (1)
19 D'Mani Mellor FW 21 Manchester United (loan) 0 / 1 (0)
20 Aramide Oteh FW 23 QPR 0 / 2 (0)
22 Tyler Golden DF 22 Newcastle T 0 / 1 (0)
24 Andy Smith DF 20 Hull (loan)  
26 Connor Ripley GK 28 Preston (loan) 4 / 0 (0)
28 Alex Denny MF 21 Everton  
30 Kelly N'Mai MF - None 0 / 5 (0)
32 Liam Shephard DF 26 Newport 15 / 0 (0)
37 Brandon Thomas-Asante FW 22 Ebbsfleet 10 / 4 (2)
40 Ian Henderson FW 36 Rochdale 7 / 0 (2)

 


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