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MANAGER: We need to show unity at home

More from the manager ahead of the Wycombe game

16 October 2017

Manager Keith Curle spoke more about the hunt for a consistent run of home form as the team starts to prepare for the visit of Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night.

“We’re not getting what we want at home and we’re not hiding away from that,” he said. “We need to work hard and get ourselves through it, but what I will say about this group is that they enjoy working hard.

“It goes without saying that we want to entertain in front of our home fans but if you’re going through a tricky spell sometimes you have to accept that the result comes first. We need to come up with a game plan at home which doesn’t make us too expansive, but which will allow us to hurt the opposition.

“With the way we’ve been playing away from home we’ve decided that we’re going to take the lads on a seven-and-a-half hour coach ride, make them sleep in strange beds, give them a farce of a pre-match meal, make sure the training session is disrupted ... and then we can probably expect them to roll out a performance for us!”

“One thing I will say is that there’s unity across the board at our away games, from the fans all the way through to the players, and we need to replicate that at home,” he commented. “Wycombe are flying high and they’ll be coming here determined to take control. We’ve got to make sure we do the same, on and off the pitch.

“What you can find with Wycombe is that they’ll look to get the ball to the big lad up front and then they’ll start to work people off him. We need to make sure we deal with that and keep the ball for as long as possible in areas where we can hurt them.”

“Hopefully the supporters will stay with us as we look to get into a position where we’re dominating possession,” he added. “We work on it in training and it’s something we now need to produce in games.

“Gareth [Ainsworth] has a positive approach to games and you need to have the right tools in your toolset to withstand the threats they pose. They will go man-for-man out of possession so we’ll need to move them around to create spaces.

“If we try to match their style of play we could find that we come unstuck, because they do things their way every week, and they’re good at it at the moment.”

Speaking about the ongoing gradual return of goal scoring midfielder Jason Kennedy, he said: “He’s going through a difficult period because he can’t train the way he wants to train.

“We’ve had to modify his programme and work on getting him game time. It’s nice to have him available, even if it isn’t for as long as we and he would like it to be.

“He’s getting there but he’s doing it properly, under the guidance of the medical department, because his long term aim has to be to play the full 90 minutes over and over again.”

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