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MANAGER: Abbott on the Crawley game

28 September 2012

Gaffer looks ahead to Saturday

United manager Greg Abbott spoke to us about the visit of Crawley on Saturday.

He said: “It’s back to the important business of picking up points at the weekend and we’re looking to build on the work we’ve done over the last few weeks. 

“We've played some good stuff and we've worked hard recently and we’ll have to do the same again against Crawley. 

“ They've had a similar start to ourselves and they can be a very good side on their day. They have a good work ethic, which you’d expect from one of Richie Barker’s sides, and they have some quality as well.

“If you set the Spurs result to one side we are on a decent run and we obviously want to keep that going. Nothing is easy at this level but we know we have a group who can push things on for us.”

Looking back to the game against Spurs on Wednesday night, he said: “It was always going to be difficult but I think we have to give credit to Tottenham for the way they came up here and did things. They had a strong side and in the end it was a few moments of quality which made the difference.

“We worked hard and for the first half hour or so we were wondering if we could turn it into a goal. We wanted that for the fans more than anything else because they deserved it for the way they turned out and got behind us. They were with us all the way and there were one or two moments when it looked like we might do it for them.

“It was a night when we needed a little bit of luck to go our way, particularly when we were having good spells. A goal then would have raised the spirits even more but on this occasion it just wasn't to be for us.

“We’re happy with the energy and commitment. In the end they made it hard for us and we possibly feel hard done by with it being a 3-0 result. We go away with another good experience under our belts though and that is invaluable for the younger players. They will hopefully look at it and aspire to get more of the same.

“Like I say, it was an evening for everyone to come out and enjoy themselves. We get back to the important business of league football now and we have to keep our focus on that.

“It was great to see the ground so full. Hopefully a few of them liked what they saw and they’ll come back to support us again. We need everyone to help us have a real go at this thing and a noisy atmosphere makes this a difficult place to come to. If we can get anywhere near the levels of noise we saw in midweek then that will be no bad thing at all.”

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