Alexan­der’s fo­cused on down­ing Brew­ers


Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - FA CUP By DAVE CROWTHER-GREEN

SAL­FORD boss Gra­ham Alexan­der has called for his side to re­main fo­cused ahead of their FA Cup first round re­play with Bur­ton Al­bion tonight.

The Am­mies travel to the Pirelli Sta­dium off the back of their first de­feat in six games, af­ter a brace from for­ward Eoin Doyle helped League Two lead­ers Swin­don Town to a 3-2 vic­tory on Satur­day.

The draw against tonight’s op­po­nents on Novem­ber 9 sees Alexan­der’s men face a sec­ond suc­ces­sive first-round re­play af­ter they faced League One side Shrews­bury Town across two fix­tures last sea­son.

The win­ner will then travel to face Old­ham at Bound­ary Park in the sec­ond round on Novem­ber 30, but man­ager Alexan­der says his side mustn’t get ahead of them­selves.

He said: “You get the draw and ev­ery­one’s talk­ing about that, but you’ve still got a game to play.

“Some­times, if you’re not care­ful and you don’t fo­cus right, can af­fect the ac­tual per­for­mance of the re­play.

“We have to make sure we go into the re­play as con­cen­trated as we were [in the first tie] and play to the same lev­els.”

The hosts come into the game af­ter pick­ing up just one win from their last seven games in all com­pe­ti­tions, most re­cently be­ing knocked out of the Leas­ Tro­phy af­ter a 2-1 home de­feat to Mans­field. it

Brew­ers man­ager Nigel Clough ad­mits he’s hop­ing that the tie will not go the dis­tance to penal­ties and is aware of the threats Sal­ford may pose. He said: “I think the re­play will be pretty sim­i­lar to the first game and I hope we can con­trol the game like we did in the sec­ond half at Sal­ford.

“Their threat on the break and from set plays was there for all to see. It will be about whether or not we can con­vert chances, we have no prob­lem cre­at­ing them, but we don’t al­ways con­vert them.”

Vic­tory for Sal­ford will see them through to the sec­ond round for the first time since the 2015/16 sea­son.

Gra­ham Alexan­der

Sal­ford man­ager Gra­ham Alexan­der

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