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MARK - WE MUST TURN THE HOME FORM AROUND

4 October 2012

Mark McGhee is determined to turn his team’s current home form around, starting with the visit of Northampton on Saturday.

The manager wants his team to step up to the challenge and remove the pressure of not having won a game at home yet this season.

He said: “It is another game at home and we are determined to turn this run we are having at home around.

“We want it to be a place that we enjoy coming to, we don’t want to put ourselves under pressure, and when you are not winning games at home you do put yourself under pressure.

“They have got to be big enough, and man enough to take that challenge on and stand up and be counted.”

And the manager does not believe there is some hidden reason why the team has not won at home, it is simply because they have not quite played well enough.

Mark said: “I think at times we have not played well enough, it is nothing to do with playing at home.

“We have not taken chances, the final pass has not been quite right and shots have gone straight at the keeper.

“There is no conspiracy, it is just the way it is and we have to keep getting back out there to try and win a game and do some of those things better.

“We created enough chances last night to score a goal. I am surprised Derek has gone two games without scoring a goal, so hopefully Saturday that will bear fruit.”

The manager believes that his team are now much harder to beat, and they are not far from that first win.

He said: “We know we are not far away. Last night was different form the Morecambe game, where we capitulated after the first goal we lost, that was hugely disappointing.

“Last night we were undone by a rare mistake from Garry Kenneth, that was a disappointing goal to lose but the rest of the game we dominated.

“We largely went about our business the way I hoped we would; we were aggressive, we passed the ball reasonably well, worked very hard and played with a tempo, we just didn’t score a goal.”

The manager had words of praise for keeper Neil Etheridge after last night’s game and he is looking forward to having Tom Parkes available for Saturday.

Mark said: “I thought Neil was excellent last night, particularly a couple of saves he made at people’s feet. He was very sharp off his line and we are delighted he is here.

“On Saturday we will have Tom Parkes back alongside Garry Kenneth, which is proving to be a flourishing partnership.

“Last night even though we lost a goal we were still difficult to score against. With Parkes back I hope it is going to get even more difficult.”

The manager admits he was expecting to win last night’s game and he was ready to launch straight into preparing for Northampton on Saturday.

He said: “I didn’t anticipate losing the game last night, I was very optimistic about winning the game, at worst I thought we might draw, so to lose was a huge blow, but my plan had always been to go straight into the preparation for the Northampton game.

“In the dressing room last night after the Northampton report in my hand. My attention had we won the game was to not even mention last night’s game, but as we lost I had to make a little bit of reference about what happened, but then it was straight on to preparation for Northampton.

“We are not going to rotate, we are going to play whatever we think is the strongest team, that is fit.”

And the manager knows it will be a tough game on Saturday, with Adebayo Akinfenwa looking the fittest he has ever looked. 

“It will be a difficult game on Saturday, I saw them on Tuesday night. Akinfenwa is going to be a handful, he is looking fitter than I have seen him in a long time and he is going to be a challenge.

“He was getting around the park, and the lads are going to have to stand up against him.”

For the full interview see Gas Player


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