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Manchester Derby Has All The Makings Of A Classic

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Stockport County manager Jim Gannon is urging his side to become the league’s form team as they head across Greater Manchester to take on Salford City in the Vanarama National League North, writes Richard Scott.
The Hatters are sitting just outside the playoffs on 58 points while the Ammies sit 2nd in the league table only four points ahead of them.
Ahead of the match, Gannon’s side is enjoying a long run of victories with only one defeat in 15 league matches which stretches back to mid-October.
He said: “I don’t look at long-term runs as going into this match with Salford with four points from four in our last two matches and we need that.
“I want us to be one of the form sides in the last 10 games and at the moment we haven’t only got to be the form side, we have to be the form side that overcome the likes of Chorley, Salford and Halifax.
“But that is why it provides Saturday’s game to be such an appetising game because it’s a game where we can really turn around that difference in the points.”
Gannon returned to the dugout at Edgeley Park in January 2016 for what his third spell in charge of the club and this season under him the club has enjoyed a better season as they aim to break into the playoffs.
He told the club’s YouTube Channel: “Last season the club struggled against teams in the top eight with one win at home and one win away from home against them, away from home we have corrected that.
“I think the shape of the top sides are different this season, last season we had Harrogate (Town) and Boston (United) in that mix and we have beaten them both away from home and at the start of the season, we expected them to be both up there.
“But we have beaten both Salford City and Chorley this season, there have been other games that we haven’t won but been very competitive, there is a fine margin between success and failure, what we need to make sure we do is be as efficient as possible defensively and as ruthless and clinical  as possible going forward.”
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