Vanarama National League – The Hive London – Tuesday 30th September 2018 – KO 19:45
The Bees will be hoping to clinch their third straight league win when they welcome promotion chasers Salford City to The Hive on Tuesday night.
John Still’s men go into the game off the back of a 2-0 victory away at Barrow at the weekend. Manny Duku bagged his first goal for the club on 16 minutes before Wes Fonguck netted his fifth of the season to make sure of the three points.
Tomorrow’s game also marks the first meeting between the two sides.
Manager: Graham Alexander
Graham Alexander took charge of Salford in May following their promotion to the National League last season.
The 47-year-old embarked on his first managerial spell at Preston North End, taking up a caretaker capacity in 2011 before Graham Westley took charge.
However, his first stint at a full-time managerial role came in 2012 at Fleetwood Town where he went on to guide the side to League Two play-off glory two years later before facing the sack in 2015.
Before joining Salford, Alexander spent two years at Scunthorpe. He guided The Iron to the 2017 League One play-off semi-final but failed to reach the final.
It was Scunthorpe where the Salford boss started his playing career. He went on to make 200 appearances for the club before signing for Luton. In 1999, Alexander joined Preston where he later became club captain and was part of the 2005 PFA Championship Team of the Season. He spent eight years at Deepdale before moving to Burnley where he gained promotion to the Premier League, becoming the oldest player to make their debut in the top flight. He also became The Clarets’ Player of the Year at the end of the 2009-10 campaign. Before retiring, he returned to former club Preston.
During his impressive playing career, Alexander also represented Scotland at senior level, making 40 caps.
One to Watch: Adam Rooney
With Adam Rooney topping the league’s highest scorers at the moment, it’s safe to say, he could pose a real threat tomorrow night.
Since signing from Aberdeen in the summer, the striker has hit the ground running, finding the net 12 times already this season.
Rooney has bundles of experience under his belt, rising to the Championship and Scottish Premier League and will be aiming to use that to his advantage tomorrow.
The 30-year-old has five goals in his last five appearances but hasn’t found the net in Salford’s previous two games.
Rooney will undoubtedly be hoping to write his name on the score-sheet again tomorrow though and The Bees’ defence will have to be on top of their game if they are to keep him at bay.
Sitting second on 35 points, a win for Salford tomorrow could see them regain their spot at the top of the table.
The Ammies have won three of their last five league games, drawing the other two. Two 3-0 wins over Hartlepool and Maidenhead respectively was followed up by a 4-1 victory away at Dover, their seventh on the bounce. However, they had to share the points in their next two games, drawing 2-2 with Braintree and 1-1 with Ebbsfleet.
As for their away form, Salford have clinched four wins out of their eight matches on the road, losing and drawing twice.
Alongside Leyton Orient and Harrogate, The Ammies have the joint-best goal scoring record with 33 to their name. At the other end of the pitch, they’ve conceded 15, two less than The Bees.
Last 5 league matches: WWWDD
Salford goalkeeper Max Crocombe had a short spell on loan at Barnet in 2015 before being recalled a month later. He made five appearances for the club.