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1 August 2012

Mark's post match reaction

Manager Mark McGhee was pleased with the way his side battled back to record a 2-1 victory at Tamworth, but felt that the home side showed levels of fitness that his team only showed in the closing stages of the match.
"I was impressed with Tamworth's fitness levels and I questioned, a little bit, why that should be. We should have been the fitter side throughout not simply in the latter stages. However you have to give Tamworth a lot of credit because they looked full of running and energy and so I'm questioning whether we worked them hard enough
"Although we had a training session before travelling to the game,  that's what pre season is all about. It wasn't an exhausting training session and the things I saw tonight that didn't please me weren't to do with fatigue but with certain other things.
"There is a lot you see in a game like that you can take away and work on, so it's given us a good insight as to what we need to work on, both individually and as a team."
Although the manager is likely to sign two experienced central defenders this week, the second year scholars coming through, Pat Keary and Tom Lockyer, have made an impression in pre season games. 
"Pat was unable to play tonight because of a knee injury, but he's put himself in contention for a place on the bench at least come the start of the season as his performances have been excellent, while Tom has made the most of his opportunities and also done well."The manager confirmed that all of the players who missed out on this game will be involved at Paulton Rovers on Wednesday evening, including central defenders Garry Kenneth and Rogvi Balvidsson
With Mustapha Carayol close to agreeing a move to Middlesbrough, which may well have been confirmed by the time you read this, the manager admitted that Chris Zebroski may also be leaving the club.
"Cheltenham have expressed an interest in signing Chris and we have allowed him to speak to them, but nothing is certain at the moment.
"Should he leave it gives us a little bit of flexibility towards the end of the transfer window."

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