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13 September 2012

Manager's match preview

Mark McGhee is looking for his side to replicate the form they showed against Wycombe when they take on early leaders Gillingham on Saturday.

The manager has no doubt in his mind that if he picks the right team and they put in the right performance, they can take all three points this weekend.

He said: “I still have the Wycombe game in my mind, and psychologically that was a victory for me, regardless of the fact we were not awarded the three points.

“It showed me what the squad are capable of, as they have done in other parts of other games. It came together that day in away I would expect it to come together far more often.

“I am waiting for that to happen again, it could just as easily be on Saturday against a team who are unbeaten so far.

“I suspect we have a performance in us, and a team that is good enough to go there and win, we just have to produce that performance and I have got to pick that team. 

”But there is no doubt in my mind that if I pick the right team, and they perform the right way, we can get a result at Gillingham.”

The manager knows that it will be a tough game, but he does not believe there is less pressure being the under dog.

He said: “They have got a decent home record, but I have quite a decent history of playing against Gillingham.

“They are a club I like, I like going there and I have no fears of going there, and I will be expecting the same form my players. 

“I don’t think we should be affected by whether other people think we should win, we should be interested in what our supporters expect.

“The supporters who were at Wycombe that day saw that performance, and expect that if we can reproduce that we will be Gillingham.”

And the manager is still upset about the news of Cian Bolger’s injury, which is much worse than originally feared and could see him out for around three months.

Mark said: “The dreadful news about Cian, we are all devastated. The boy has come here, played a couple of games, and I think he has been outstanding, and now he is injured.

“Garry Kenneth is getting closer and closer, but he is not quite ready for this weekend.

“I suspect I know in my head what will eventually be our best team, but at the moment we are still having to improvise and make forced changes.

“I still think that if we can get Garry Kenneth fit, we will still have enough to win football matches.”

And the manager has not ruled out dipping into the loan market, but he insists the player has to be the right one.

“We are looking all the time and I spent a part of yesterday looking at about 30 names that have been brokered to me by various agents.

“I went through that with a fine tooth comb to see if there was anyone there who could really help us, and I came out of the process thinking there was no one on that list who could improve us at this moment in time.

“But we will keep looking, and if someone was to come up I would make a recommendation to the Chairman and the Board that we try and get them.

For the full interview go to Gas Player.

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