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6 December 2012

Manager on Saturday's game

Mark McGhee admits he has been ‘hugely disappointed’ with recent results.

The manager recognises that Dagenham and Redbridge will be a tough test on Saturday, and he knows that his team have got to start taking their chances if they are going to start picking up points in a busy month.

Mark said: “We have been hugely disappointed with recent results, last week we had a strong squad available, but we still fired blanks, so that was a big disappointment and we want to improve on that.

“If we want to have any kind of season at all we need improve quickly.

“In any period of a game when you do have chances, you have to take your chances.

“What we have to do, especially at home, is to make sure that period is as soon as possible. We have to take the initiative.

“There are 15 points available before the end of the month, if we can start to take some of those points then we can start to change thing. We want the games, we want the points.”

And the manager believes that Dagenham will be coming to the Memorial Stadium expecting to face a team they can beat, and it is up to his side to surprise them.

He said: “They are always a difficult opponent, we lost heavily there at the end of the season.

“From their point of view they will fancy it, they will at our recent record and think there are three points here for them, so we have to be up for it and make sure we disappointment them in that respect.

“We have got to make sure when they turn up that they don’t get the team that has perhaps been described to them.”

The manager will be without Matt Lund who is suspended after being sent off against Wycombe last Saturday, but he will have Joe Anyinsah and Eliot Richards available to play up front.

He said: “Matt Lund is suspended following his sending off, but Joe Anyinsah looks like he is going to be fit.

“Eliot Richards is available, he played in the reserve game during the week and played well and scored as goal.

“Eliot is still a player I think has enormous potential to do well for this club, but he has to find consistency, he is not 18 anymore.

“He has proven he can score a goal here and there, and he has to apply himself. I will give him as much help as I can, but he has to roll up his sleeves to get in the team and stay in the team.”

And Mark has been in discussion with the players whose loans are up at the end of the year.

“There have been discussions. I spoke Dougie Freedman about Tom Eaves, and Tom is going to train with them at the beginning of next week, so Dougie can meet him.

“He knows our feelings and he is going to speak to Tom while he is up there and we will take it from there.

“The rest are more or less the same, we have spoken to people and the players themselves will speak to their clubs.”

Finally the manager says he was pleased to take part in the AGM this week.

“People have views of things and quite often they don’t have all the information that I have, so it gives me an opportunity to give people more information and tell them how it is from my point of view.

“I never have any fear of something like an AGM, regardless of the result on a Saturday. You have to be prepared to stand up and be counted, and face the supporters, as they are the people we are here for.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

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