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MARK - THE FANS ARE MY TOP PRIORITY

22 November 2012

Manager looks ahead to Saturday's game

Mark McGhee will again be without a number of his key players when Bradford visit the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The manager is hopeful of bringing a player in before the loan window closes at 5pm tonight to help strength the squad.

He said: “We are training this morning with nine players who should be in contention to play on Saturday, not including goalkeepers, and a further three who potentially have a chance of being fit on Saturday, beyond that no way else who has really played.

“With that in mind I have got to try and bring in maybe one at least before the 5pm deadline.

“Yesterday I was told that David Clarkson would not be available for this weekend. Clarky himself will always play if he can, but his body language did not see encouraging, so I would say it was less than 50-50. Joe Anyinsah is probably just more than 50-50.

“It is great news that Tom Parkes hasn’t broken his leg, but nonetheless he is still going to be out for a couple of weeks.

“Fabian Brogahmmer has the flu and Danny Woodards has had a fatigue reaction to playing. The reality was Danny wanted to play and played the other night when he shouldn’t have played, but that is the type of lad he is, he wants to help.”

The manager says that he and his players believe they are better than they have been playing.

He said; “I think we are all of the same mind, we feel as if we are better than we are showing. The other night there were players who were very disappointing, but there were one or two who were very, very good.

“I think we are in a very difficult situation at the moment with injury, suspension and results, which does not make life easy.

“My job is to make sure the ones we have fit are as buoyant and as enthusiastic about going out and trying to win as they can possibly be.

“I will use all my experience to do that. We are just waiting for the day we can get everyone out there.”

And the manager and the Chairman are continuing to work closely together to try and improve things.

Mark said: “The Chairman and I are on the phone all the time, he is very keen to help in anyway he can in terms of supporting me to bring someone in.

“He is also very sympathetic and realistic about the situation. Like me he was disappointed with certain individuals the other night, and there is not much we don’t agree on. We are working together to get to a point where things will improve.”

The manager insists he wants to win every game, and it hurts him every time his team loses. He also says that the fans are his main priority.

“Every single game we play we want to win, and every time we don’t win I am hugely disappointed and embarrassed regardless of the circumstances of how you lose the game. 

“I have the fans at the top of my priorities. I think the players are here for the fans, and I am here for the fans, and I will always try and do the absolute best I can for the fans, but I can only do that with what I have.

“I will expect the ones who let us down the other night to do better, and if they do better we might get a result.”

The manager says it is totally unacceptable for any players to give less than 100% when he takes to the field.

“What isn’t acceptable is, whoever the 11 are, is not giving 100%. If they get beat giving 100% I know the fans will be a little bit sympathetic.

“But they are right not to accept anyone out there not giving 100% especially under the circumstances.

“I think they were three or four the other night who really didn’t come up to the mark, and I think the fans have every right to be angry and critical, and I understand the first point of call for that criticism should be me, as it is my job to get them at it.

“But I am not going to allow players who aren’t 100% committed to do me in, I will deal with it. If these payers are letting us down, they will not be here for long, as I intend to be here for as long as I possibly can, and I am not going to let players undermine that.”

One of the highlights of Tuesday night was the debut of Alefe Santos, who impressed after coming off the bench, but the manager feels it would be unfair to throw him in at the deep end.

Mark said: “It would be unfair to throw Alefe in at the deep end on Saturday. I thought he did brilliantly on Tuesday and he demonstrated what enthusiasm and freshness young players can bring. 

“And I hope he embarrassed one or two of the others who didn’t quite show that, they have got nowhere to hide.

“What Alefe has done is earnt his place on the bench and with 20 minutes to go if I feel we need a bit of freshness I will stick him on again.

“He has also shown other young players that if they do well, if there is an opportunity they will get their chance.”

And the manager knows that Bradford will provide another tough test for his side.

“They play a straight forward 4-4-2 like Port Vale and they are strong in certain areas.

“We have to just get the best we can out there and find a way of inflicting some pain on them. We have ability in the group training this morning and they have to step up .”

For the full interview visit Gas Player

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