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MARK - IT IS A LONG SEASON

16 August 2012

Manager on the 2012/13 campaign

Mark McGhee is looking forward to getting the 2012/13 season underway against Oxford on Saturday, and although he wants to get off to a good start, he realises that there is a long season ahead.

The manager is still hopeful of bringing in a new face before Saturday, but knows he may be going into the game without the squad he wants for the rest of the campaign.

He told bristolrovers.co.uk: “A good start is beneficial but it is a long season and with 46 games it does give you time. We might not have the full squad so we cannot worry too much about that, we have to do the best we can and see where it takes us.

No news on new signings at the moment, it is still a maybe and I am still hopeful. There are always negotiations, there is agents, players and two clubs.

“These are two players I have been trying to get since the season ended and I am still hopeful I will get them, but this is the time it takes.

“We are still waiting for the confirmation that Fabien Broghammer’s registration has been processed so he can play, we have done everything we can our end.”

Although the manager was encouraged by Tuesday night’s performance against Championship Ipswich, he wants his players to come out on Saturday with an even more positive approach.

He said: “It was encouraging, but I think we can do better. We need to take a more positive, want to win the game, kind of attitude into the game.

“We are at home, we have got to step on to people and be determined to try and score goals.

“It is great that we have games in quick succession, you hope to make a good start, and if you do, the games cannot come fast enough. We hope that is the feeling we will have after the Oxford game.”

The manager knows that Oxford will be a threat and he expects them to be challenging at the top end of the table this season.

“They were challenging for promotion last year, so I see no reason why they wont be again. They can be a threat to anyone in this division.

“We don’t think we are established enough to take anyone lightly or think we are going to be better than anyone. We have got to prove it and earn it and we will be expecting the best possible performance from Oxford and we need to be at our best.”

The team came through Tuesday night unscathed without any further injury problems, but he is still without long term injuries Scott Bevan and Danny Woodards, as well as Garry Kenneth and Shaquille Hunter.

“We still have injuries to Garry Kenneth and Shaquille Hunter, but apart from that there was nothing new from Tuesday. We expect to have Garry back a week on Saturday.”

And the manager has no expectations for his side, other than hard work and commitment.

“I have no expectations other than we do our best, work hard and try and win as many games as we can.”

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