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Wild "We Must Improve"

8 February 2019

After the fixture postponement last weekend, Caretaker Manager Pete Wild knows how important the fixture against Crawley Town is.

With another full week to work with the squad, Wild says things are improving all the time in the ranks.

"I'm going to say it again, but it's probably been our best week's training in terms of information, and it's given the lads some time to rest up and I think four of five of them needed that.” He said.

"There's a lot of lads that have played a lot of games especially over Christmas and coming into January with our FA Cup involvement, so it was really good that they got a rest and come back refreshed.”

Heading into the fixture, Wild has taken the positives from the break in the schedule but understands the challenge the club still faces.

"We've got a fully fit squad travelling to Crawley, everybody's fit and we've got everyone to pick from.” He commented.

“But we're clear in our minds on what we're going to do and that will reflect on us on Saturday.

"The feeling is one of we must improve, and we must get back to firstly, winning ways and then when we do that hopefully we can start climbing the table again.

"I think we can disregard the play-offs at this moment, and that's not me saying we can disregard it completely, I think we've got to start doing is putting some points on the board before we talk about that again.

"Like I've said, on many occasions League Two is an unforgiving league and what you've got to do is not get too low when things are not going your way and not get carried away when things are going your way. 

"It's an unrelenting league, everybody seems to beat each other, you see Crawley they've gone to Bury last Saturday and got a point and been good for it as well, so I wouldn't rule it out either way.

Like all of the matches he's taken temporary charge of, the research has been done in great detail to give the side the best possible chance come the weekend against opposition who will prove a tough hurdle to overcome.

"Again, we've done our homework quite conclusively on Crawley and we're fully prepared for them.

“We know they've got some players who can hurt us, couple of players who have been here over the years who are decent players.

“Again, I keep saying this, but we don't take anybody lightly we look at how we can exploit them, how we're going to defend against them and make sure we're fully prepared come Saturday.

"There's not a bad side in this league, we've got a Macclesfield who are second bottom, and we got beat, so anything can happen really.

"Everybody's been down, and we've not won in three but in all of them games we've been clearly in all of them, a decision or a kick off the line or a little bit of good fortune here and there and at least we get a point out of all three. 

"Yes, we've lost them, but we haven't been 'pumped' in any of them games, so we can't be too deflated or down-hearted because we're not far off being where we want to be."


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