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7 September 2012

Manager on the Hartlepool game

We spoke to Greg Abbott ahead of his Friday morning training session to get his thoughts on the weekend trip to Hartlepool.

He said: "We've seen the kind of reaction we wanted in training this week and it's important we take that into the game on Saturday.

"There's a feeling of frustration that we didn't get through on Tuesday night because we created chances and we played some good football.

"The good thing is that we know if we play the way we did against Preston we'll be causing Hartlepool some problems.

"We've got our long term injuries but other than that we have everyone else to choose from. There are still some decisions to make but we'll be going with the eleven we think will win us the game.

"This is an important one for the fans and they will be there in numbers. It's one of their local games and they like to see their team go there and do well. They'll be up for it and there'll be plenty of noise, so hopefully we'll give them a good performance.

"Hartlepool have started well in their home games and we'll have to be ready for that. We know about tempo and about closing down, and we should see that from the first whistle.

"Jake [Jervis] has had his pitch time now and we've seen some good things from him. He knows where we want to see more but it's been an encouraging start for him. With Michael [O'Halloran] we've settled him in and he's one we're looking forward to getting the best out of him. He's a different kind again but he has pace and determination, and we think he'll be a good one.

"The injury to Lee [Miller] has been a blow but the work to strengthen the squad was going on before that happened. Of course it's frustrating for everybody when you get close to bringing someone in, but we take it on the chin and move on when things don't quite come off. We're continuing to talk to the people we think can help us and hopefully we'll be able to get something sorted out sooner rather than later."

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