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MANAGER: We want the fans to feel that they want to come back

Steven Pressley on a bumper attendance

18 February 2019

Over 10,000 fans answered the call to pack Brunton Park on Saturday and manager Steven Pressley was quick to heap praise on the supporters who turned out to do their bit.

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"What a wonderful occasion to be involved in, it was amazing to see that, and that’s why I’m sat here feeling a little bit disappointed,” he admitted. “We ran out to an amazing atmosphere and we would love to see the stadium have this many supporters in it every week.

“When you get this many fans you want to put on a show and I felt for 30 minutes we really did respond to that. We played the type of football that does get people back, but we just didn’t manage to sustain it for long enough.

“That’s when you get people going away feeling disappointed and that’s not what we wanted from the game. We wanted the fans to go away feeling that they desperately wanted to come back.

“When you have just one club in a city it does mean it has huge potential, but you have to capitalise on that. That’s the most disappointing thing for me because we had such a great support and we had an opportunity to send a message out to people to show them why they should keep coming back, but we didn’t manage to do that other than for 30 minutes in the first half.”

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With the club looking to get back to winning ways, he said: “There’s a huge amount of disappointment in the dressing room because we want to be winning every game we play.

“Our home form is something we need to keep improving on and what we do here will be really important in terms of our promotion push. It’ll be a week where we recover physically and mentally as we also prepare for another huge game.”

And with United still in the play-off places with 13 games left to play, he said: “It’s still in our hands but we have to respond to that and react to the disappointments we’ve had this last week or so.

“We have to deal with the pressure and expectation that comes from being in this position because we want this to be a successful season. What we can’t do is have one real setback and change everything, that just can’t be the case.

“This team has been built on a degree of stability and continuity and we have to focus on the many positives to make sure we bring the goals and wins back. There’s no panic here because there’s a lot to work with.

“What we know is that if we want to go up we have to start winning games, so that’s where our focus will be.”

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