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MANAGER: I want the fans believing that we'll win

John Sheridan on the good run of form

11 September 2018

United’s victory at Cambridge on Saturday took them up to fourth in the League Two table with the Blues having won five of their last six games.

But manager John Sheridan confirmed that he is still urging his players to keep their feet on the ground as he prepares for what will be another busy period.

 “I’ve looked at the results and you have to have it in mind that you just don’t know who is going to beat who in this division.,” he said. “That’s why I’m only worried about us and what we do. If we show endeavour like we did in the second half on Saturday I know we’ll do well.

“The run is good, but I wouldn’t say I’m in a comfortable place. That’s because I know what’s around the corner. We are where we are, and I told the lads last week that if we won one of the two away games I’d be happy. It’s a good outcome for us because we have a few home games coming up now.

“I’ve said this before, this isn’t me putting a downer on anything. I want the fans looking at the table and what we’re doing and believing that we’ll win.

“They’ll see that we’re fourth in the league and that we have that home game next week. They’ll be looking forward to it and that’s good, because I want everyone jumping on board and going in the same direction.

“If we keep winning games then hopefully even more will come to see us. They just want us to do well and I’m pleased we’re sending them home happy.”

“Saturday was another example of that,” he continued. “It was a good team performance away from home, and a win on the road is always a good result. I’m obviously pleased for the supporters, because it’s a long way, and it’s a good feeling for them.

“They’ve seen their team get over a poor start to the game and they’ll always appreciate that. If you lose, you lose, but don’t lose by not competing. If you lose having given your all, you can take it on the chin. I just want us to always give it our best shot.

“I thought we were the better team in the second half. We kept the ball better and we defended much better. We played higher, we got closer to people and we stopped crosses. I thought Kelvin [Etuhu] was much more effective and George Glendon picked his game up. Jamie Devitt started to see things and we were hard to deal with.

“It as good to see Jerry [Yates] grow in confidence as well. He’s been brilliant since the day he came in, to be honest. I like him on the left wing, he does well on the right, and he hasn’t even really had the chance to play in his preferred position yet.

“He’s a team player who works his socks off. I’m trying to get him to be calmer in possession and that’ll make him look an even better player. He’s the one who gets us up the pitch quickly, he does that more than anyone else.

“It just shows how inconsistent things can be even within a game, for players and the team, because I was beating myself up after half an hour or so. I wasn’t happy with the way we were playing at all. Thankfully we sorted it out and it was a win we deserved – in the end.”

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