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Ben Garner on Salford City

Gaffer gives his views on today's opponents

21 August 2021

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Town Head Coach Ben Garner just wants his team to focus on what they do best when they take on Salford City today.

The Reds make the trip up north for today's EFL Sky Bet League Two clash at The Peninsula Stadium, with the Ammies yet to win a game so far this season despite their considerable resources. 

However, rather than worrying about Salford's record this year, Garner instead wants his side to just focus on themselves and prepare as they would for any other game.

"We're specific with our preparation. Every team is different and they've all got their own strengths, their own identity and own ways of playing, but they also have areas we feel like we can exploit," Garner told the local media.

"It is obviously well documented that they have good financial backing and high-profile ownership there, but once that whistle goes it is about the players on the pitch.

"We're doing as much preparation as we can and we are looking forward to the game.

"We prepare for every game in the same way and we fully respect every opponent.

"The analysis we do of each game, the details we give to the players, the meetings we have before each game, we're consistent with that and we take the emotion out of it.

"We have the same process, we give the same amount of respect to every single team and we prepare and try to win the game.

"It is as simple as that.

"We can only focus on ourselves and on our own way of playing. 

"We're purely focused on us."

With fans now allowed back in the stands this season, that has brought back home field advantage, but Garner again stressed that his team's preparation for today's game will remain the same.

"We want to win home or away and we want to get as many points as we can.

"We don't have any difference in our preparation whether it's home or away - the main difference being at home is we have that fantastic support in large numbers and when we're away we still have fantastic support, but just in restricted numbers being the away team.

"We really value and appreciate that support, both at home and especially away with the fans making the effort to travel and give up their time to come and support us away from home.

"But, from our point of view, our message will always be that we are going to win the game, home or away, whoever we're playing and we want to win the game.


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