It’s all change for Alexander in Trophy bid
SALFORD City will field a rotated side for the visit of Port Vale in the Leasing.com Trophy this evening, as manager Graham Alexander hints about further January additions.
The Ammies head into the fixture on the back of two consecutive defeats to start 2020, and Alexander admitted he will provide chances for out-of-favour players to try and reintroduce themselves to the fold following two successive league losses.
He said: “We’re not one for dwelling on results, we analyse the game and we plan for the next one.
“Tuesday will give an opportunity for other players to stake a claim for a place in the team because the last two results have put people under pressure.
“We’re in a results business, in a results club, we’re here to win and the last two games the results haven’t been good enough.
“The performances have been okay, but we have to find that ruthless edge, so the opportunity’s there for players to show they can help us improve.”
Alexander’s outfit had looked to have turned a corner in their season, taking points off promotion-chasing Bradford City and Crewe Alexandra, and defeating rivals Oldham Athletic convincingly.
But defeats by Grimsby Town and Walsall have halted their revival.
“It’s been a tough run of fixtures, like it is for every club anyway, but we’ve tried to be consistent (with team selection) because we felt the performances and previous results have warranted that,” said Alexander.
“But if you lose two games that you don’t think you should’ve lost, then the opportunity is there for other people to come into the team so it’s down to the players.”
Ashley Hunter, who arrived from Fleetwood Town on loan last week, made his debut on Saturday, and Alexander revealed he is still scouring the market for more acquisitions.
“We’ve got a month to try and improve everything, and every club is in the same boat, but we’ve started well bringing in Hunter. I know his quality will help us improve our results.
“We’ve got to do our work diligently to make sure we can improve. We can, but there’s no point in trying to sign someone that isn’t going to improve us or just add a number, we’ve got numbers, we need quality and we need the right ingredients to win consistently. We’ve shown that we can win games, but winning week-in, week-out is what we need to do to achieve our goals.”