It’s all change for Alexan­der in Tro­phy bid

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By CHAR­LIE GRE­GORY

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.”

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