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Rooney was positive about his side’s performance at the weekend and was particularly impressed with their reaction when they conceded.
The manager will know that the midweek game against lower-ranked opposition is a chance to build confidence and momentum at the start of a new campaign, although realistically he will be more concerned with the forthcoming clash in the Championship against Peterborough United.
Salford for their part knocked out Championship opposition at this stage of the tournament last season, beating Rotherham on penalties, and they will view Tuesday night’s clash as another chance for an upset which will further help cement their relatively new-found status in professional English football.
The rule allowing clubs to make five changes, as opposed to the usual three, was brought in following football’s restart in June 2020 after a break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given that games had to be condensed into a short period of time it was thought beneficial and allowed managers to make as many as five changes in three intervals during a match.
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Clubs had a longer post-break between seasons this time around and so the temporary rule has been changed.
Teams will be able to name seven substitutes but only use a maximum of three.