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Match Preview | Salford City (A)

24 December 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview | Salford City (A)

24 December 2023

Tranmere Rovers make the short journey to Salford City on Tuesday 26th December (3pm kick-off), backed by a large travelling support.

Over 1200 Rovers fans will fill the away end at the Peninsula Stadium, as Nigel Adkins’ side look to build on their 2-1 comeback win against Swindon Town on Saturday. 

Tranmere fell behind against the Robins but secured the three points thanks to second half goals from Kieron Morris and Tom Davies. The victory was their fourth in succession in League Two at Prenton Park. 

Salford overcame Rovers 4-3 in the reverse fixture back in August but are currently 21st in the division after a winless run stretching back to late October. 

Boss Neil Wood will therefore be desperate for his side to get back to winning ways, although Rovers are unbeaten in their four previous away meetings with the Ammies. 


Team news: 

Forward Kristian Dennis will be out for around a month with a hamstring injury that he suffered in the defeat to Walsall on 16th December. 

A knee injury has also put defender Jéan Belehouan on the sidelines for the time being. 


Last time out:  


Last five meetings:     

19th August 2023 - Tranmere Rovers 3-4 Salford City - League Two  

SCORERS – Jennings, Dennis, Jolley 

11th February 2023 – Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Salford City - League Two  

SCORERS - Morris 

17th September 2022 – Salford City 0-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  

SCORERS – Hawkes 

11th January 2022 - Salford City 1-1 Tranmere Rovers - League Two  

SCORERS - Glatzel 

5th October 2021 – Salford City 0-2 Tranmere Rovers – EFL Trophy Northern Group B 

SCORERS – Watson, Walker 


One to watch: Matt Smith 

It was Callum Hendry who stole the headlines at Prenton Park back in August, scoring a hat-trick in a 4-3 victory for Salford. However, a knee injury suffered in September means the 26-year-old is unlikely to be available to face Rovers this time. 

The Ammies have found the target without him, though. Matt Smith has produced an excellent attacking return this season, scoring 14 goals in 22 league matches. 

The experienced forward signed up at the Peninsula Stadium in January 2022, after spells at the likes of Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Bristol City, Fulham and Leeds United. 


Head Coach: Neil Wood 

40-year-old Salford head coach Neil Wood is currently in his first senior managerial post, previously coaching youth sides at Manchester United from 2014 to 2022. 

In 2019, Wood was promoted to the role of Manchester United under-23 manager. In this role, he oversaw the first-team debuts of 17 academy players. 

The Stretford-born boss replaced Gary Bowyer at Salford in May 2022. 



Referee – Ben Toner 

Assistant Referees – Callum Jones & Alan Clayton 

Fourth Official – Richard Aspinall 


Toner last officiated Rovers as a fourth official in our 2-0 league loss to AFC Wimbledon in November 2022. 



Advance sales for this match have ended, though there will be 169 tickets available to purchase on the day from Turnstile A2 at Salford. 

Payments are card only and the Peninsula Stadium is cashless. 

The Official Club Coach will leave Prenton Park at 12pm. 


Match coverage:     

Fans in the UK and abroad can stream tonight's game on iFollow for £10. Purchase your Video Match Pass by clicking here. 

International supporters can buy a half-season pass to watch every game live for just £3 per game by clicking here!      

You can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.      


X: @tranmererovers        

Facebook: @trfcofficial        

Instagram: @tranmererovers        


Match reaction from Nigel Adkins and a player will follow the game on our YouTube channel. 

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