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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town vs Salford City

29 February 2020

The Silkmen are back at the Moss Rose this afternoon as we play host to Salford City in Sky Bet League Two action.

The Ammies have struggled for consistency in the league this month, although a penalty shootout victory over Newport County saw them through to the EFL Trophy final.


Last Time Out

This afternoon’s game marks Salford’s first EFL visit to the Moss Rose, with our only prior league meeting with The Ammies coming back in November – a goalless stalemate at the Peninsula Stadium.

You can familiarise yourself with all the action that day by clicking here.


Recent Form

Following their dramatic penalty shootout victory against Newport, Salford fell to defeat at home to Colchester United last weekend; with two first half goals enough to seal the points for the U’s.

Brandon Thomas-Asante netted the winner in their last victory, an away visit to Stevenage, helping The Ammies keep pace with the teams around them as they push for a top half berth.

Draws against Port Vale and Crawley Town were followed by a home defeat to Plymouth Argyle at the start of the month to round off a mixed month for Salford; who find themselves in thirteenth position in the Sky Bet League Two standings after accruing 44 points from their 35 league outings to date.


Ones to Watch

Adam Rooney is Salford’s top scorer this season with eight goals in 31 league appearances.

He also held this accolade last season, as he helped fire the club into Sky Bet League Two for the first time in their history, netting on 20 occasions as Salford clinched promotion via the Vanarama National League playoffs.

Former Manchester United striker James Wilson joined the club in January from Scottish Premiership outfit Aberdeen in another high-profile move; and has since scored twice in his three league outings.

Another former Manchester United player and experienced Premier League midfielder Darron Gibson has also signed for Salford in recent weeks following his release from Championship side Wigan Athletic at the end of the 2018/19 season.



View from The Dugouts

Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say ahead of this afternoon’s game:

"From where we were when we started to where we are now, considering the teams that we have had to play against, I think the lads deserve an enourmous amount of credit for where they are today.

"They have extended the lead on the team that is bottom of the league and I have clearly seen progress.

"If you look at the stats and figures going forward, especially since we changed the system, there has been a huge emphasis on being more effective in the final third."

You can watch Mark's full pre-match interview with SilkmenTV below:

Salford City manager Graham Alexander spoke of the disruption to his sides' preparations due to the recent weather conditions when giving his pre-match thoughts ahead of the game:

“Our away record has been excellent really," he said.

"The problem that we have hasn’t really come out in our away fixtures, but we want to play with the same intensity, the same approach in every game either what way, and Saturday is one that we want to try and improve certainly on the result.

“I think if we had a similar type of performance, attacking performance, I think we’ll get that result but we know how difficult Macclesfield can be to play against because we had a game like that when they played here, but that was a different manager and a couple of different players. 

“For me we just have to go out and express ourselves, show what we can do, and take the game to Macc."


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