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INTERVIEW: A game to look forward to

27 August 2013

Manager Greg Abbott ahead of the Leicester game

We spoke to manager Greg Abbott ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup round two meeting with Leicester City here at Brunton Park.

"I think this is a game we can all look forward to," he said. "Leicester are a very good side who have a decent start to the season. I think the only reason they aren't top of the Championship right now is because of goal difference, so they'll come here in a confident mood.

"It's one of those where if we let them settle then they'll cause us all kinds of problems. It'll be up to us to stop them from playing and to have the confidence to go out there and play our own football."

"We know all about the threats they bring because they have quality right through the side," he added. "They have pace and power and there is no doubt they will be a huge test for us. We've already told our lads to get out there and enjoy themselves because this is one where they should be able to enjoy their football. Leicester will be expected to win - but we showed against Blackburn that the right attitude and approach can turn that on its head."

"The mood at our training session yesterday [Monday] was very upbeat following the performance at Colchester on Friday," he said. "The way we played, particularly in the first half, gave everyone a huge lift and it's important that we use that as a stepping stone. It's no good if we allow ourselves to drop off the pace because we need to push on. 

"Everyone connected with the club need that performance and it's just a shame that we didn't come away with all three points. However, the positives were there for us all to see and I think there's an added determination in the group to make sure that we get more of the same at Brentford and from the weeks that follow."

"Losing Sean [O'Hanlon] was a blow but the group coped with that really well," he told us. "We're still waiting to see where we are with that one but we're hoping it's nothing too serious. 

"We want to try to keep all of our players fit and available because we think we're a good side when we have the full complement to choose from. We saw with the return of Lee Miller and Matt Robson, along with the experience of Danny Butterfield, that we had an added edge to our game. That gives us plenty to work with as we go into another important run of games."

"The aim tonight is to take the game to Leicester as much as possible and to try to get through to the next round," he concluded. "It won't be easy by any means, but we'll certainly be going out there to do everything we can to make it happen."

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