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11 October 2012

Mark McGhee believes that his side will take confidence from Saturday’s win going into this weekend’s trip to Burton Albion.

Although the team could be missing three of the players who started that game against Northampton.

Mark said: “We go from game to game, Saturday’s result is finished, we have got another difficult game to Burton and we will set our stall out to do as well as we can.

“I think the boys will take some confidence from the result, although we are still holding our breath a little bit, because we were given a little bit of a leg up with them getting someone sent off, so we don’t quite know – yet.

“Plus we have probably lost Dave Clarkson, we have lost Matt Gill and we might even have lost Derek Riordan for Saturday, so it is two steps forward and one step back.

“With Dave it was always going to be touch and go and at this stage it is maybe more touch than go. 

“We will have to wait until training tomorrow, and maybe even Saturday morning before we make a decision.

“We will put out a team on Saturday that we believe will do well, and I hope we will.”

With Matt Gill set to miss the game, the manager sees Matt Lund as a natural replacement.

He says that in order to bring in an experienced midfielder he is going to need to get other players out to make finances available.

Mark said: “The obvious one is for Matt Lund to go back into midfield, with Michael Smith returning at right back after returning from his personal duties. Michael played a very good game at Swindon on Tuesday and he could go back in at right back.

“There is Wayne Brown who came on in the game last Saturday, and did well, so there are options. 

“We have to be careful as we are running for close to the limit with the wage cap. The Chairman has let me push it to the limit, but we have to know that we cannot keep going.

“These rules are there for a very sensible reason. We will be sensible and prudent, and in terms of brining someone in we will probably have to do some work to get people out before we can bring someone in.”

And Burton maybe looking for revenge from last season’s 7-1 defeat at the Memorial Stadium.

Mark said: “I think they would have been embarrassed that day and they will want to put that right. 

“However we didn’t gloat on the day, or since, it is behind us and respect them. We expect a much more difficult game than we did that day.

“They are in good form and they will fancy it against us, although they will be looking at our recent form and realising that perhaps we have turned a bit of a corner and they will take us seriously as well.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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