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MANAGER: We don't want any regrets come full time

Steven Pressley ahead of the weekend game against Yeovil

3 May 2019

United boss Steven Pressley spoke to us about the final scheduled away game at Yeovil at his weekly press conference.

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“We’re obviously in the hands of the gods at this moment in time,” he said. “We’re relying on other results but, as I said last week, what I wanted to ensure was that we had a chance going into the final game of the season.

“When we get to full time on Saturday what we don’t want is to have any regrets about what might have been due to us not taking care of our own business on the day. If we get the right result then that’s all that we can ask of the players. We then have to wait and see how it goes elsewhere.

“In terms of pressure, I think we’re the club from the outside looking is the one that is least expected to make it. In my opinion I think that puts a degree of pressure on the other teams, because they’ll be expected to get the points to secure the place.

“Despite that we have to be professional in every aspect of our performance, even though we aren’t going there with the odds stacked in our favour at this moment in time. That could change as the 90 minutes goes on, and that’s why we have to be in a position to capitalise, should that become the case.”

On what we can expect from Yeovil, he commented: “If you’re a good professional, the situation they find themselves in right now should make no difference. I have no doubt they will want to get out there and win the game.

“The other thing is that I’ve been reading about the Yeovil players being out on a night out after their relegation was confirmed, and the local media and fans on social media reacted badly to that.

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“There has been some severe criticism directed towards them, and that in itself will be motivation for them. I think it will give them a determination to show their supporters that it does mean a lot to them to play for the club.

“I expect them to be out there to prove a point and we have to be ready for that. I want us to go there looking to impose ourselves on the game and with a very similar mindset to the way we started against Crawley.

“There’s no guarantee that we’ll be four goals ahead after 30 minutes but we’re certainly going there looking to score goals and to play a high-pressure type game. Fingers crossed everything will go our way.”

With four other games potentially having a direct bearing on how the season will end, he said: “It’s probably one of the few times when I will make sure I’m aware of results elsewhere. We know we have to win the game for any of that to even matter, but tactical changes could come based on those other results.

“I’ll be kept informed during the game about those other results and hopefully, as I say, it will come down to us having done our part of it properly. That means that we have to replicate what we’ve been doing at home on the road, which we haven’t done recently, and we have to put on the type of performance which will send our fans home happy.

“I’ve heard that many of them are going there dressed as Elvis Pressley, and I’m looking forward to seeing that. I’m not going to be doing a Steve Evans, so I won’t be wearing an outfit myself, but it will be good to see.

“I think the supporters are aware that I’m a hugely passionate manager and I live and breathe the game. I understand that fans get frustrated and angry, and ultimately that’s always vented at the manager. That’s normal, and I don’t take any of that personally.

“Slowly but surely I hope I can build a side that makes these supporters exceptionally proud and makes them want to come along and watch us on a weekly basis.”

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