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Kewell Wants Focused Performance

29 December 2020

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The Head Coach is looking for his side to once again provide another quick reaction after another setback, but stressed ahead of the game that his players need to be ready from the start in a contest he explained will be far from easy.

“It's going to be a tough game. I know at the moment they're still without a permanent manager but that's sometimes the worst kind of time to play a team.

“Because the players know that they have to stand up and be counted and represent the club with pride for the fans who are hurting.

“Every supporter regardless of issues wants their team to win first and foremost and that’s no different for Grimsby. They’ll want to prove something, so it's going to be a difficult game tonight. 

“But we have to prepare ourselves properly going in there for a real tough battle. It’s been the aim, especially yesterday, to make sure the lads are focused and know the next two away games are extremely important for us to bounceback.

“With the hectic season it’s been already we’ve never really broken out of the two gams a week cycle. The funny thing is, when we don't play midweek games we seem to play terribly at a weekend.

He added: “We have a few injuries still, but a couple of people are close to coming back so we have to continue to manage that. The players selected have to go out there to know their roles. 

“We all have to do our jobs properly and have the right attitude. We have to be disciplined, we have to work hard, we have to fight all the aerial duels, we have to pick up the second balls successfully and tackle hard but fair. 

“To beat our opponent, we have to be switched on and win the 1v1s, we have to do all these basic things well before we can even think about the three points. Because when you play a team like Grimsby in the situation they're in, they're going to be free flowing but playing for pride which sometimes can galvanise a team’s spirit. 

“They're going to go out there with no fear and the message for them is to work harder than us, but be free, express yourselves and show everyone what you're capable of doing for the good of the club. That’s the danger and we have to be aware of it because we know we have the quality going forwards to hurt teams, it’s how we defend and withstand spells of pressure.

He continued: “We have to be at the top of our gamel tonight. I've seen that, seeing the games recently that have been played the pitch isn’t looking too great. We know that there's a few slopes on it and the conditions are going to be harsh. 

“They’re all things that we can't control but have to consider. So we have to go out there and control things that we can control, for example our attitude and discipline. 

“The way we want to play we want to be on the front foot and if we do that to the best of our ability we have a very good chance. I don't think in football now that you can give yourself 5 to 10 minutes to get into a game because you saw what we did at the weekend wasn’t good enough. 

“So for me, and the team, it's important that we, as a unit stick together, fight together, work hard, and then hopefully we can come out on top as we need to get back on track quickly.”

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