Simon Wiles (Salford City vs Crewe Alexandra Press Conference

Salford City prepare for a tough home game against Crewe Alexandra this weekend, looking to continue their improving form after a difficult start to the season.

The Ammies have seen an upturn in form over the past two games with wins on the bounce at Newport County and Sutton United. Neil Wood’s men currently sit 17th in League Two but are ever looking higher. 

Crewe sit third in League Two and have only lost one game all season. Dangerman Chris Long will certainly be on the watch list for the Ammies. Long has registered six goals in 11 games for The Railwaymen, starting in all their League games. 

First-team coach Simon Wiles said: “They’ve got a real strong front line. We have to make sure we’re not giving their centre forwards any opportunities to get their shots off. Because they’re a threat, they’ve scored a lot of goals this season.”

The Cheshire-based opposition will certainly test The Ammies as they have played a strong game all season. Reaping the rewards with a high position on the table. Nineteen-year-old midfielder Joel Tabiner will certainly be one to watch in the midfield with the young Scouser registering four assists in the league in standout performances and recently earning a new contract in September.

“Well, I’m expecting a tough game. They’re doing really well so far this season. I know it sounds a bit crazy to say, but both teams will want to get the ball down and create and build possession to get the impetus in the fixture. I think it’ll be a tactical affair,” Wiles added.

Salford City are no strangers to challenges as early in the season they beat the odds against Leeds in the EFL Cup, showing there is resilience in this Salford side that has to jump over new hurdles each week.

Despite all the buzz around Crewe, it is not all doom and gloom for Neil Wood’s men. Recent wins saw the introduction of a young prospect in Kelly N’Mai. The 19-year-old forward scored his first goal for Salford City when the Ammies visited Sutton United last time out.

When asked about N’Mai Wiles added:

“You’ve got a player that can carry the ball up the pitch for us. He’ll become a threat. I know the opposition will be looking at our recent fixtures and think that he’s dangerous. So when you look at it, you’ve got Kelly on one side, you’ve got Boltz on the other. All of a sudden now, you’re looking at a team.”

Salford City v Crewe Alexandra kicks off at 3pm on Saturday at the Peninsula Stadium.  

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