Keith Curle ahead of the visit of Wycombe Wanderers
Manager Keith Curle spoke to us ahead of the visit of Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
“This will be another very tough game,” he said. “When you looked at the body of games we had coming up a few weeks ago, we had to face four out of the top six and it was always going to be a big ask. However, it’s a challenge we were looking forward to and we’re enjoying it.
“The way the Shrewsbury game ended will still be playing on a lot of people’s minds. The fans walked away from it feeling disappointed, but knowing they got value for money. I think I know that, come Saturday, people won’t be leaving here with two, three or four minutes left to go. They’ll be with us until the end, because anything can happen.”
“Wycombe have had a good season and they’ll want to finish it off properly,” he commented. “They’re used to being at the top and they’ve enjoyed the different type of pressure that brings. We’re in the latter part of the season now and this is where points are much harder to come by, because everybody wants them.
“I don’t think they’ll change their philosophy or style of play. They are very competitive and athletic. There’s good energy and dynamics to their team and they have pace and movement.
“We’ll meet them like-for-like in lots of areas and their league position suggests they’ve had consistency in their levels of performance. We’re still striving for that, but it’s something we’re trying to grow.
“They do have a freedom in their play because of where they are in the league. It’ll be a fantastic achievement for them if they can secure an automatic spot this season, but nerves will start to creep in.
“If we sense that at the weekend we have to take advantage of it. The flip side is that we’ve been in a relegation battle since the day I walked in here, so we know what our job is all about.”
“I’m learning more and more about our changing room as we go along and I know how far I can push them now,” he told us. “We’ve got good competition and I’m constantly talking to people about how and where they want to improve.
“There are individual training sessions being done with players to help with their development on the pitch and that’s great to see. It bodes well for what we want to achieve.”
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