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Priest Positive About Trip To Table Toppers

12 March 2019

With the manager absent due to illness, his assistant, experienced coach and familiar face at Boundary Park Mick Priest spoke to the club for the first time.

Since being appointed just over a month ago with Paul Scholes, someone who he has worked with before and has a close relationship with said;

"I've been here a long time in past lives and previous reincarnations so it's good, we're just settling in and understanding what the players are about and hopefully identifying how best we can play."

Looking ahead to what will be classed as the toughest challenge in the remaining fixtures due to the Imps being at the summit of the league for the majority of the campaign. Priest has prepared the side for a battle.

"We've just got to try and play our game. We know we're going to be in for a tough game with them, they're physical like most of the teams in the league but they do it better than most teams in the league with just a little bit of quality. 

"So we know what we're up against. If we turn up and we're expecting anything less than a tough game we're going to have some problems.

"We've got some good footballers in the squad, so I think we have to play football. There's no way when you look throughout the squad we are ever going to dominate teams physically. We'll compete physically, but I don't think we've got a squad who will dominate. 

"So I think we have to do we have been doing in training, do what we've done in flashes in games and for portions of games, where we have dominated the ball and we've made some teams look average against us but we've got to tighten up on the other side of things" he commented.

"We want to play football and there's no such thing as playing football the right way but we want to play a certain style of football that's which is aggressive with the ball and aggressive without it."

After a tough game and a long journey to Cambridge at the weekend, the quick turnaround and a day less to rest than the hosts means the focus has been on fast recovery and making sure the team finish the season strong.

"There's a lot of fatigue in the players so it's a lot of maintenance as well as trying to keep spirits up because it's coming to the end of a long season so it's the balance of keeping people fresh but keeping people mentally stimulated as well. 

"Trying to keep that balance of not looking to go on holiday at the end knowing that there's still the chance of the play-offs for us. We've got to start winning some games but they are a realistic chance if we do win some games."

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