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INTERVIEW: We want a result

22 March 2013

Greg Abbott ahead of the Yeovil game

Manager Greg Abbott spoke to us ahead of the visit of Yeovil on Saturday.

“Yeovil are having one of those seasons, as we have over the last few years, where everything has gone right,” he said.

“They’ve got a bit of momentum going and they are rolling on. Gary [Johnson] has got them working hard and they will want to finish off in the play-off places if they possibly can.

“That’s their job though, so all we can concentrate on is winning the game for ourselves. We know what type of team Gary likes to put out and we know how they will play against us. They’ll be feeling really confident, and that’s even taking into consideration their result on Tuesday night, so it comes down to us to make sure we frustrate them. 

“Our work has been geared towards getting a result and on doing it in a manner the fans will appreciate. It comes down to exploiting weaknesses and dealing with strengths, as it does in every game, and then we can concentrate on what we want to do.

“We think we’ve got the players here to do the job for us as we head into what are eight extremely important games. First and foremost has to be getting results, but we also want to try and restore a bit of that belief in what it is we are trying to do. 

“We have all spoken about the difficulties we’ve had this season, so everyone knows about that. We genuinely feel that we’re coming through it now and that we are going to be in a position to build and move on again. There were issues that had to be dealt with and we know we have fallen below the levels we were expected to reach. We can’t hide from that, but we can put it right.

“The weather is the weather and that’s definitely something we can’t affect. Right now it looks fine, the pitch hasn’t been touched at all, and we’re sitting and watching how it develops just like everybody else. Hopefully it will steer clear of us and we can get the game on as expected.

“Mark Gillespie will be missing with his suspension so we have gone ahead and registered Tony Caig [squad number 26]. We are more than comfortable with doing that. He trains every day and he has a wealth of experience behind him. He has played the game at a number of levels and we have no doubt that he would be able to step in and do a job if he was needed.

“Having the Mathieu Manset issue resolved is a huge boost for us all. He’s chomping at the bit and it’s a case of us doing what we can to get the best out of him now. He’s looking forward to getting on with it and we’re looking forward to working with him. It could be a win-win for us all.”

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