INTERVIEW: Another tough game

Tony Caig and Paul Thirlwell ahead of the Bury game

Caretaker managers Tony Caig and Paul Thirlwell spoke to us ahead of the visit of Bury on Saturday. 

“Scoring four goals last week was a really encouraging sign,” Caig said. “The players passed the ball well, we got into some good attacking areas and we scored some good goals. 

“Conceding four goals at home is disappointing for all of us but it was an exciting game and we know where we need to improve. I think the lads showed any potential managers what they're all about and they'll see there is a lot to work with.”

“We obviously can't concede four goals again against Bury,” Thirlwell said. “That's what we've been focusing on this week. This could sound strange but I thought we defended reasonably well in most of the game last week. 

“The first goal was an unfortunate mistake, which you just can't legislate for and, we were disappointed with the second goal. The third goal was the penalty and I don't think the fourth goal would have happened if we had 11 men on the pitch. We would still like to deal with it better in terms of aerial balls coming into the box, but we were under real pressure towards the end because of that sending off.”

“Bury will be another tough game,” he continued. “They like to get it down and play football and they seem to have recruited well all over the pitch during the summer. 

“They've started the season well and it will be a good test for us. We've had a look at them so we'll put a team and a plan together which will hopefully counteract what they've got.”

“I think there is extra pressure when you haven't won games,” Caig said. “You form habits when you're playing and if you're winning games you seem to find a way to carry that on, even when you aren't playing well.

“I think that first league win is close. We played well and won at Accrington and we carried that on into Saturday without quite being able to get over the line. If we take what we've done in the last two games into the Bury game then there is no reason why we can't win. 

"Myself and Thir have both been in this situation as players and we know it can spur you on. You want to perform well for the caretakers but you also want to make sure you impress any potential managers that could be watching. 

“I think the lads have done that so far. Whoever the new manager is, he will have an idea of what the players are about before they come into the building and I think that's something that has really pushed the players on. 

“They've been very upbeat, they've trained very well and I think they're looking forward to Saturday's game because they've taken the positives from the previous two performances.”

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