WHILE those looking in from the outside may predict an easy win for Salford City when they head to Braintree Town on Saturday, new boss Danny Searle insists that's very much not the viewpoint inside the Iron camp.

The game at Cressing Road (kick-off 3pm) will be Searle's second in charge since the departure of Hakan Hayrettin a fortnight ago and, with his team battling hard to get themselves clear of relegation danger, he has already begun to put his own personal stamp on the line-up.

He has brought in striker Korrey Henry on loan from League Two side Yeovil Town this week and feels he is a player who can make an impact in the National League.

It shows that neither the new Iron boss nor the club are willing to throw the towel in on the fight to get clear of the drop zone and after having a two-week break from action, are keen to resume the battle with the visit of second-placed Salford.

The Iron drew 2-2 at Salford in October, when the high-flying big-spending northern side had to rely on a last-gasp goal to snatch a point and despite Braintree still sitting rock bottom of the table and nine points from safety Searle says they shouldn't lack confidence, despite what people may be thinking from the outside.

Searle said: "Looking from the outside, we don't stand a chance, but we know from the inside that we can cause Salford problems on Saturday.

"What we will guarantee people who come along is that they will get absolutely everything we have to give.

"But what happened in October was just that and things have changed so much for both clubs since then. "We know what quality they have and if you give them an inch then they'll take a yard.

"But we have to look at what we are about because we have made improvements and we've shown that in recent games. "We should be going into this with confidence after the win against Barnet and the way we played at Hartlepool when I felt we were unlucky not to get at least a draw from the game.

"We have absolutely no fear of anyone in this league in that dressing room of ours because we know if we do what we are capable of and can sustain it over 94 or 95 minutes, then we will go toe-to-toe with anyone.

"What we can be is naive at times, but the more we are playing, the more we are cutting that out.

"Players understand the need to be clinical in both areas."

The game on Saturday comes after Braintree were left without action last weekend as scheduled opponents Chesterfield were in FA Trophy involvement.

While Searle admitted that having a spell with no football was not ideal, he was glad that it had given him a period to work with the players now that he had taken charge after stepping up from being Hayrettin's assistant manager.

He added: "I would rather have been playing because I feel we have been playing well, but it has been nice to have been able to get a bit of time working with the squad from a technical and tactical perspective. "We've also had a chance to get a new player on board."