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MANAGER: They're strong at home

Steven Pressley ahead of tonight's game against Cheltenham

20 August 2019

United head to Cheltenham tonight looking to bounce back from a disappointing weekend which saw them dominate their home game against Mansfield on Saturday without ever quite managing to create the chances they needed to turn ball time into points.

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“I told the lads before Saturday’s game, you take your eye off the ball for one second in this league and you face losing the game,” manager Steven Pressley said. “We have to prepare again, and go to Cheltenham and give a similar type of away performance as we gave at Barnsley.

“We keep saying it but consistency is the big thing. I’ve told the group that if we have any aspirations we have to show that. We cannot lose 2-0 to Mansfield on our own pitch.”

“What we must not do is get too low,” he added. “There were a lot of things we did well. We just didn’t do the real things in the two boxes.

“In between we won a lot of personal battles, had a lot of the play, but we just didn’t create those moments or defend those two moments in our box. That’s what the game consisted of.

“It’s now on to Cheltenham and we’ve used the time from Saturday evening to recover, analyse the opposition and go again. We have to go there and try and win the game.

“As I say, we want to obviously go there and give the type of performance we gave at Barnsley, and get back to winning ways. It’s very important for us to do that.”

On the type of game he expects to see, he commented: “They’re strong at home, they’re a good home team. It’s going to be a real test for us again, but we have to go there and try and win the game.

“There’s no doubt it will be a difficult one. We’ve prepared well, as you would expect. We gave the lads the day off on Sunday then we trained at Birmingham on Monday afternoon.

“It was then on to the hotel to analyse several things and get ready to go again. I’ll repeat again, we have to get back to winning ways very quickly.”

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