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The inside track on Salford City

19 August 2022

Club News

The inside track on Salford City

19 August 2022

Rovers are looking to make it three straight home wins in Sky Bet League Two when they take on Salford City this weekend.

Gary McSheffrey’s side scored another injury time goal through Kieran Agard to beat Stockport County 2-1 last time out.

Here we provide all the details on our latest opponents.

Manager

A former teammate of Gary McSheffrey at Coventry City, Neil Wood was appointed Salford manager in the summer, replacing Gary Bowyer in the role.

After retiring from playing, Wood returned to his hometown club Manchester United to work with the Academy. He started off at under-15 level and worked right through to the under-23s where he spent three years as head coach. During his time in charge, 17 players Academy players made their professional debuts for the club.

Early season form

The Ammies currently sit top of the Sky Bet League Two table after three wins and a draw from their first four games this season.

They got the season off to a flying start with a 2-0 win over fellow promotion chasers Mansfield Town at the Peninsula Stadium, before battling to goalless draw at Swindon.

Their strong early season home form continued last weekend as they ended Crewe Alexandra’s unbeaten start to the campaign, before they recovered from letting a 2-0 goal lead at Newport County slip on Tuesday night to win 3-2 in South Wales.

Key men

A product of the Wolves Academy, Elliot Watt made one first team during his time at Molineux which also included a loan spell at Carlisle United in 2020.

His performances there persuaded fellow Sky Bet League Two side Bradford City to sign him on a permanent deal that summer. He became an integral part of the Bantams side and made 96 appearances across two seasons in West Yorkshire before joining Salford for an undisclosed fee this summer. 

Scottish striker Callum Hendry signed for Salford in the summer after spending all of his career prior to that north of the border. After coming through the ranks at St.Johnstone, Hendry has also had spells with Brechin, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

He scored 12 goals in the SPL last season and was subject of interest from several EFL clubs, but chose the Peninsula Stadium for his next move. The 24-year-old is already up and running in a Salford shirt, having scored on the opening day 

After coming through the ranks at MK Dons, Brandon Thomas-Asante made 22 substitute appearances in the league before signing for Salford in 2019 for their first season in the EFL.

He scored his first goal for the Ammies in a Boxing Day win over Crewe, and finished the season with six goals to his name. He matched that tally the following campaign, before scoring a personal best 13 times last season and attracting interest from clubs throughout the footballing pyramid.

He has hit the ground running this term with four goals in five games in all competitions.

Last meeting

Saturday’s game at the Eco-Power Stadium will be the first time the two clubs have met in the EFL.

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