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INTERVIEW: Pay the fans back

15 March 2013

Manager ahead of the Orient game

United manager Greg Abbott spoke to us ahead of the trip to Orient on Friday.

“It’s another long one but it’s one we are all looking forward to, particularly with us having had the call-off at Doncaster on Tuesday,” he said.

“You take that on the chin, but then you make sure you get back into work in the right frame of mind because the last thing you want is to have people dwelling on the fact there wasn’t a game.

“Credit to the lads because they have worked hard over the course of Wednesday and Thursday. They want to take what they did at Crawley and against Brentford into this weekend. 

“None of us are happy with the league position and we have nine games now where, if we do it properly, we can end the season on a high. We said the other day that perhaps we have to accept that this has been our season of mediocrity, but there is still plenty for us to play for.

“The fans have stuck with us and we need to do what we can to pay them back for that. Finishing off the season with a nice run would be a good way of starting that process. 

“Orient have picked up some decent results since they had the disappointment of losing in the JPT area final. Russell [Slade] hasn’t allowed that result to knock them off track and they are a team in a little bit of form at the moment.

“Again, we know what to expect from them and we also know that we are capable of getting something if we do our jobs. 

“Defensively we have look very solid recently. Even with the Walsall game, the back four came under very little criticism despite the fact we conceded three goals. There is a real determination there to carry that level of work rate on because we know we’ll get chances at the other end.

“I don’t think any games are easy in this division. What you have to do is make sure you do the things you talk about in training and give yourselves the best chance of pushing on and winning the game. 

“We’ll go there to do that and hopefully we’ll have something to bring back on the long trip home on Saturday night.”

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