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MANAGER: They've always been a good footballing side

John Sheridan looks ahead to tomorrow's trip to Swindon

16 November 2018

United travel to face Swindon tomorrow with the Robins having just appointed Richie Wellens as their new manager.

Wellens, who worked under Carlisle boss John Sheridan as a player and a coach, heads into the County Ground with the club currently sat in seventeenth spot in the division and looking for the ‘bounce effect’ which will see them start to climb the table once again.

“I know Richie really well,” the United boss told us. “I brought him in last year when I was at Oldham as a coach.

“He’s one of the best players I’ve managed, he played under me, and he’s a great lad. I’m pleased he’s back in work, but hopefully we’ll go and take the three points off him.”

“Swindon have always been a good footballing side so it should be a good game,” he added. “They won’t be happy with where they are in the division, but neither are we. Our focus has been on what we need to do since Wednesday morning because it’s a game I think we can win.

“I don’t worry about the opposition, I worry about my team. If we play like I know we can I have no doubt we’ll win a lot of games in this division. As I keep saying, there’s a real opportunity to get out of this league, but it’s up to us to take it.”

“We’re on a decent run so we’re go to Swindon in a good frame of mind,” he commented. “We’ve talked about where we can be better after a lot of our games recently, and we know we just need to be more clinical.

“We’re in League Two but we can still be more clinical. What I want more than anything is desire. We’ve got effort, we’ve got a bit of nous and know-how, but we need more. If you see someone go up for a header in the box you’ve got to have a bit of nous to read it and stand where the ball might drop. If you do that kind of thing you probably get a tap in.

“We try and put that into the players on the training ground, and I think the ones who can take it on board and do it will go on to play higher.”

On injured trio George Glendon, Kelvin Etuhu and Tom Parkes, he said: “George jarred his knee on Tuesday so we’re just waiting to see how that is. Everyone is coming back into training at the moment and they aren’t far off returning.

“That’s good news because it gives us more options.”

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