United play host to tenth-placed Stevenage on Saturday with both sides looking to build on what has been a promising start to the campaign.
Boss John Sheridan spoke to us ahead of the game about what he expects to be another tough encounter.
“Whoever we’re playing at home, I expect us to win the game, so Stevenage will be no different,” he said. “At the same time, I’ll respect whoever we’re playing, because I know it’s going to be difficult. However, I’ll just focus on my team because I know if we play to our capabilities we’ve got a good chance in the game.
“Stevenage are a decent team, I’ve watched them a couple of times and they’re doing well. They’ve got some good players and they have a good work ethic about them. I’ve watched their games against Notts County and Grimsby and they’re a good team. They’ve got players who are willing to work hard for the team, so they’ll make life difficult for us.”
“They’ll come here and they’ll be organised, and they’ll look to get at us,” he continued. “They’ve got a bit of experience in midfield and they’ve started the season well, so they’ll be in good spirits.
“They could have won the game against Notts County, so they’ll come here wanting to win the game.”
With spirits high in the squad, he admitted that he has a group of players who are all chomping at the bit to be involved in the starting eleven.
“I’ve got 18 players who I’d be comfortable with being in the side, so it doesn’t matter if I make changes,” he told us. “We’ll play a certain way on Saturday, and I think the players are comfortable with the way I want us to play.
“Whoever I pick, I’m comfortable I’ll be going out with a strong team who can win us the game. My thought process is always the same, I’ll look at Stevenage and then I’ll look at how we can hopefully go and win the game.
“I think the fans are coming every week and thinking we’re going to win, and that’s a good feeling. I want the players more than anyone to have that feeling. It builds that bit of confidence, whether you’re a supporter, working for the club or a player.
“We’re going into games feeling buoyant which is why we’re up at the top end of the table at the moment. We’re where we want to be, but we won’t be getting carried away. The points tally doesn’t lie, and if we carry on the way we’re going and keep picking the points up we’ll end up in and around where we want to be, which is the play-offs or automatic.
“I want the supporters coming down and thinking we’re going to win, and long may it continue.”
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