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Banide Determined To Get A Positive Result Tonight

17 September 2019

Latics travel to Glanford Park tonight to take on Scunthorpe United and Head Coach Laurent Banide gave his thoughts ahead of the game.

The Head Coach was left a frustrated figure after the Grimsby Town match and demands his side to keep their concentration.

"Like I said after the game on Saturday, we played better but we are frustrated by the result. I think that we must be careful about concentration in the last ten minutes of games, keeping the ball and position.

“So, we must be more concentrated and professional about the situation, we know the importance of the result and it's important to keep concentration.

“I know that when we play well everybody wants to play, but the problem at the moment is that we don't have too many points and we must be careful of that."

Banide claims he can take plenty of positives from his team’s performances but wants his side to start getting better results.

"We're trying to improve every game and we try to talk to the players, and we try to do all we can.

“We saw different players and we saw the young players play better and we saw our philosophy start to arrive so we're optimistic, but football is about the results and to get a good spirit we need to have a good result.” He commented.

"The performances have been more encouraging and it's been better and we have seen more football being played, but it's important to continue and keep the same spirit and to concentrate at certain times because we lose concentration very fast and it's a problem as we keep conceding goals in the first and last minutes of games.

“It's good to play nice football, but it's also good to keep the result and we need to continue to improve."

The 51-year-old admits that there are no injuries within the squad ahead of the Scunthorpe game and gives him plenty of options.

"We don't have any injuries in the squad in an important week with two vital games and we need points so we're very concentrated about these two games.

“We don't have too much choice and we need to continue to play and try and we're waiting for a good result to push a level because we need that.

“Everybody has worked well since I arrived, and new players came in and we worked step-by-step, but now we're a group and everybody works well and there is a good spirit in training and should be better if we get a good result." He said.

"We have a lot of options and we have got good players in each position so we can change.

“We have time to make a decision and we had training this morning and it was a good session and has given us choices for the game."

Jonny Smith came off the bench at the weekend to make his debut for Latics and Banide was impressed with what he saw from the winger.

"Jonny (Smith) played well, he's an interesting player and we need to see him maybe to start or maybe after, but step-by-step he must continue because he has good quality and he is young.

“He's important for the future and is very quick and gives the team another option for attacking. We're trying to push him, and we need him for the next two games it's very important."

The Head Coach expects a tough battle against Scunthorpe but remains focused on his own team ahead of the game.

"It's a question of our team, we need to focus on how we play and like I said last time the opponent is the opponent, but if we create more chances and if we play better we can win the game.

“Last game, I thought we played better and created more than the opponent but it's football and sometimes it's like that, they're top players, they play in the box and they score goals.

“But we don't have the team to do that as we have a team who like to play, and we must continue, and we must believe in what we're doing and our philosophy."

He is also determined to start picking up better results and start climbing the league table.

"We want points, it's difficult for everybody we know the difficulties of this league and we have started late.

“We need to take points because if we want to get somewhere we need to take points and everybody knows that."

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