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24 April 2014

Manager on this weekend's game.

Darrell Clarke wants his players to stay focused ahead of the crucial relegation fight against Wycombe on Saturday.

Despite the importance of the game, the manager wants his team to prepare well both physically and mentally for the game at Adams Park.

He said: “The mood is positive. Like everyone else at the football club the players were all disappointed and deflated on Monday afternoon, then at 5pm the results have gone for us and left the destiny still in our own hands.

“The importance of the game is there for all to see, but it is importance the players get their minds focused the right way. We are trying our best to retain League Two status.

“This is a massive game, but it is about striking a balance and not bigging it up too early, especially to my players.

“Wycombe are fighting for their lives like ourselves, but I think form goes out the window with games like this.

“We just have to take care of our own business. We cannot worry about what Wycombe are going through, or about other results, we have to look after ourselves.”

The manager is disappointed with the individual errors that have cost his team points this season.

He said: “For the time I have been in charge, the most disappointing thing for me has been the goals we have conceded, a lot of them have come down to individual mistakes.

“It doesn’t matter what sort of system you are playing if the goals come down to individual mistakes. We have to cut out individual mistakes and make sure people are doing their jobs right.

“I haven’t been able to change things, I haven’t been able to bring in players I want to bring in to the football club.

“Any manager will tell you – you want your own players. I want the balance of the squad to be right, I want players with more pace and more energy in the team, but for now it is up to these lads to earn the right to be in the squad.

“You have got to have rhino skin to be a football manager. I will take criticism on the chin and make sure I am in that dugout leading from the front.”

And the manager had more praise for the supporters. He said: “The fans have been magnificent, we would be top of the league if it was through our fans.

“I have never seen a set of fans like these, they have been absolutely tremendous, especially with what they have had to put up with over a good few years.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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