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20 September 2012

Mark on Saturday's game

Mark McGhee took a number of positives from Tuesday night’s draw against Plymouth, but recognises that there is still a long way to go.

The manager is looking for 100% power when his side take on Fleetwood at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

He said: “I think certain things happened on Tuesday night that were positive, including the return of Garry Kenneth. It showed what I have been saying about him to be true, I thought he was brilliant.

“It was an added bonus as I didn’t know what to expect from Fabian Broghammer, but I thought he was excellent, the question is can he be consistent and can he repeat it.

“The performance was better in the second half, I thought in the first half we played quite well, but I thought we played at 80% of our power and I was disappointed with that, I am looking for full power.

“In the second half I thought we got that and we were much more potent. There were positives, and I hope we can develop that, but it was far from satisfactory.

“I was disappointed not to get all three points, before the game I thought we had the ability and the strength to go and get three points, and then having seen the game, it was there for us to win and we didn’t.”

The full extent of Matt Harrold’s injury and recovery process is yet to be discovered.

Mark said: “He will probably require some sort of exploratory procedure to then decide if he goes for the reconstruction, but we wont know that until he has that done.

“We are working overtime to make sure we strengthen where we can, but that is not easy.”

The manager knows that as the new team in the Football League, Fleetwood will be up for every challenge.

He said: “I know they have come up and had some positive results, and a couple of disappointments as well, maybe the reality would have set in last week as to how difficult a division this is.

“I believe they are ambitious and as a team who have come up they will have no fears and go out to enjoy themselves and we are going to have to be ready for their enthusiasm if nothing else.

“They also have players who have experience at this level and above, so we have to be on our guard.”

The manager played five across midfield on Tuesday night, and has not ruled out using the same system at home.

He said: “It is not a negative system at all. We will probably go out on Saturday with a back four of Michael Smith and Lee Brown as full backs, with Garry Kenneth and Tom Parkes, so there is pace all across the back four.

“So there is no reason for us to play deep, we can push up to the half way line with the back four. 

“When you do that, even with five midfield players in front of you, you still get them up the park and can be a potent attacking force. 

“With Matt Harrold’s injury there is no question that I should be playing Eliot Richards, but he leaves us with questions all the time; he is brilliant and then he is disappointing, so we don’t know what’s coming.

“So the decision I have got to make is do a risk Eliot’s inconsistency or do I go with five midfield players, if we have not brought someone in by Saturday.”

For the full interview go to Gas Player

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