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14 December 2012

mark looks ahead to Saturday

Mark McGhee says it is important to harness the disappointment of the last few games to get his team up for Saturday’s game against York.

The manager admits that the last two games have been particularly disappointing, but knows that he has to find any positives and take them into the next fixture.

He said: “My job is to see the positives, and there are positives. I know we can do better than we did on Saturday and we are trying hard to drag that sort of performance out of them.

“I don’t sense that they are demoralised in anyway, I think they are disappointed, and I have got to feed that disappointment to get them angry and aggressive and go out there and try and win a game.

“These were arguably the most disappointing two games back to back of all the games we have lost, because going into Wycombe we had a few back and we had renewed optimism and that has not translated onto results on the pitch.

“We have got to look at the Dagenham game and try and emphasise any positives there were from it.

“We have to pick the best team we possibly can from the players available, and put them out in a way that gives them the chance of winning the game.”

Mark admits that he is surprised by his team’s league position.

He said: “I never imagined in a million years that at any point this season we would be in the relegation zone, so it as big a shock to my system as it is to anyone else’s.

“It should make us embarrassed and more determined the get ourselves out of this position and make sure it is the last time we are in it this season. 

“We have a chance on Saturday if we win we may get out of the relegation zone.

“We can only take one game at a time and I think Saturday will be a difficult game, but a game like any we go into – I think we can win it.”

Mark thinks that York will be up for the game, despite their recent poor form.

He said: “They are a side who play a 4-3-3 and they have a bit of height about them and pass the ball a bit.

“They don’t seem to be blessed with a huge amount of pace, but they will be dogged and determined, and they are at home.

“They will look at our recent form and fancy it, so we have to expect them to be up for it and confident.”

And with no injuries picked up last weekend, and the return of Matt Lund, the manager will have options.

“Everyone who was fit for Dagenham is fit and Matt Lund is available, which is a positive. 

“Matt has had a terrific couple of months particularly in the right back position but also generally speaking.

“On Saturday he will be playing in midfield, as Danny Woodards will get better and better and fitter and fitter as games go on, so we can expect him to hold down the right back position.”

And Mark says that he has had bad periods in his managerial career so far, and the most important thing is to know what is going on and how to get out of it.

He said: “I have had periods where we have struggled in my career, and the most important thing is to know why things are happening, therefore you can address those things.

“I think we know why we are where we are, and we are clear in our minds how we can get out of it, and we are determined to do that. I hope the 20 odd years I have had in management will stand us in good stead.”

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