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INTERVIEW: We're still within touching distance

Gary Miller on the Cambridge and Tranmere games

28 March 2019

The United dressing room can be forgiven for feeling frustrated recently having come away with just two points to show from two performances which deserved better, having played some excellent football and created a host of chances.

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“We’re disappointed that we haven't picked up two wins in our last two games,” he commented. “Especially at Forest Green, we played good attacking football and we felt we should have taken the three points.

"We had lots of good possession against Cambridge and we had a few chances, as well as hitting the bar, so we've come away from both games a bit disappointed."

“We’re getting more men forward at the moment and putting together some good attacks," he continued. "It’s disappointing not to have won more games when you see some of the movements we’re putting together.

“We’re being quite positive in terms of getting forward which can mean you sacrifice a little bit defensively. We’re trying to cover ourselves at the back, but we’ve conceded a few sloppy goals, which we’ll admit, so we need to rectify that and keep doing what we’re doing going forward.

“Defensively we do talk about the need to tighten things up but I think we all know we can do a bit better and help each other out. As a team we need to do better, but we know we can rectify a lot of the points. It isn’t like we go into the dressing room after the game and don’t talk about it or bother about it. We do, and that's why it's so frustrating."

“I wouldn’t say our confidence has been knocked in the last few weeks because I think you can see that we try and play and do the right things," he explained. "I think we’re all a bit annoyed at ourselves because we know we should have done better in recent games. We can’t change it now, so we’ll go into the next game and try our best to pick up the three points again.

“We know we’re still within touching distance of the play-off places but we’re also irritated with how the recent run has gone, because we know we could have done much better."

And on his recent return to the side, he said: “I’ve always kept myself in shape when I’ve not been playing. It’s something my parents have brought me up with and it's what I’m trying to pass on to our younger players here, as well as my own son.

"You always need to make sure you’re ready when your chance comes so you can take it. I feel like I’ve done quite well since I came back into the team and I can feel myself improving with the more minutes I play.

"It’s always difficult when you come in after a spell out of the team because it takes a while to feel fully confident and have that extra yard of match fitness and things like that. That comes with games and I feel like I’m finding my feet a bit now. I just want to keep pushing on."

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With the experience of Gary Liddle breathing down his neck he knows he has to work hard to keep the starting shirt.

“Myself and Gary have got a good competition for the place, and I think we’ve got that right across the team," he said. "Everybody is training a bit harder and everyone is doing well, and that’s something that’s good for us as players and for the club.

“We know we’re a good team on our day and it’s about putting a performance in for the whole 90 minutes. We’re frustrated with ourselves at the moment because we haven’t managed to do that, so it’s just about building on our good performances and turning them into wins."

Next up for the Blues is the weekend trip to face in-form Tranmere Rovers.

“We know Tranmere are on a great run but that won’t change our mindset going into the game on Saturday," he told us. "Whoever you play, you want to go and do well and pick up the three points.

"When we played Mansfield they were on a great run, which we stopped, and then someone stopped our run. That’s just football. Inevitably runs come to an end, so we’ll be going to Tranmere with confidence looking to turn our recent good performances into a win.

“We went on a great run over Christmas, and we beat some of the top teams in the league during that period, so it’s something we know we can do.

"You’ve just got to go out there every week and try and do your best. We’re in a good position to have a real good push towards the end of the season now. We know we could have done better in recent weeks, but we’ve still got a chance to get the results and see where they take us.”

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