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INTERVIEW: Both teams want to win

25 January 2013

Manager ahead of the Scunthorpe game

United manager Greg Abbott gave us his thoughts ahead of the weekend visit of Scunthorpe.

“It’s been another good week,” he said. “I think the lads are ready for the game and there just seems to be a little bit of belief and confidence flowing through the group at the moment.

“Hopefully this good week of work will go into a good performance on Saturday.”

“We know exactly what to expect from Scunthorpe,” he told us. “I know how they’ll set up and they’re coming here off the back of a good result. 

“They’ll be keen to put a bit of a run together to help their own situation and they won’t make it easy for us.

“It’s one both teams want to win. We’ll go out there to try and impose ourselves and I’m sure they will try to get off to a good start as well. The lads are all in a confident frame of mind so we’ll see what that does for us come kick off time.”

“What we don’t want to do is give any ground to those teams who are around us,” he said. 

“Nine points is a good gap and if we can maintain that, or make it even better, then it will mean we are heading the right way again.”

“We’re satisfied to an extent with the run we have had recently but we always want more,” he added. “We’ve done a lot of work within the structure of the club to make sure we are dealing with what we’ve got. 

“We’ve had to reshape ourselves because we want to be in a position where we can have that stability and financial security which means we have a club to work with for the long term.

“It was always going to be a season where we might come a little bit unstuck, because of the way we’ve had to change things, but we’re starting to work through those problems.

“We now want a good end to the season so that we get a few more fans through the gate. We want to put ourselves in the strongest position possible so that we will have a stronger hand when it comes to building for next season.  There’s lots of work still to be done but, with the way we’re handling ourselves, we’re going to find that we’ve put ourselves in a good position.”

“The home form has been really good for us recently and we want to continue that,” he said. “We want to get well away from the relegation zone and the only way to do that is to pick up points. 

“We needed the home monkey off our back and we look a much better side at the moment having got those wins in front of our fans under our belts. They have responded with the way they have supported us and it’s been good to be able to give a little bit back.”

“Like I say, Scunthorpe will give us a test,” he concluded. “Brian [Laws] has done a very good job over there and he’ll have his team fired up. 

“I know his assistant Russ [Wilcox] very well; he was captain at Hull when I played there, so it’s a very strong management team. I’m sure we’ll have plenty to talk about after the game but it’s the same as every week. There’ll be no love lost between us when there are points still to be won.” 

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