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MANAGER: The mood in the dressing room is very good

Steven Pressley on looking for consistency

20 September 2019

With the Blues currently enjoying a run of just one defeat in their last five league outings manager Steven Pressley spoke about the need for patience as he looks for his side to take the next step by putting a run of victories together.

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“It’ll just take time, and I mean that,” he said. “I know some people don’t like to give you time, but it will take time.

“We work really hard and as long as I keep seeing the type of application from the group that I’ve been seeing then I have belief that we’ll progress.”

“I know we have to win home games to try and entice the supporters back, and we have to play the type of football they want to come back and see,” he added. “With that in mind I thought our performance was very strong in many respects on Tuesday, we just couldn’t find the winning goal.

“The mood in the dressing room is very good and I think they’re pleased with their performances and efforts. We’ve got a lot of tired bodies but I think we’ve got a dressing room with a lot of satisfied players in it.”

Two players who made their first starts at home on Tuesday were defender Gethin Jones and midfielder Mo Sagaf, with both receiving positive reaction from the fans.

“Gethin is proving to be a good addition,” the manager said. “He’s now played two games in a slightly unfamiliar role, but he’s acquitted himself really well. There’s still more to come from him but he’s settled very quickly, which is very pleasing.

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“In the performances Mo has made so far, he’s done really well. I thought he was excellent again against Forest Green, but my only criticism of him - which I told him about at half time during the game - was his boots.

“He slipped several times in the first half and I said to him, not quite like this, but I told him as a defender he should be wearing studs. If I’d have done that when I was younger I’d have been in running the next day. Times have changed, unfortunately!

“On a serious note, I thought he was excellent. He has similarities to Canice [Carroll] and unfortunately for him he’s still got a little bit of swelling on his ankle. We’re hoping he’ll be fine for the weekend.”

Next up for the Blues is the trip to Valley Parade at the weekend.

“It’s a big stadium and I’m sure we’ll have a good travelling support,” he told us. “We have to continue our run, we’ve won our last two away games and I want it to be three.

“We’ll certainly have to rest up because the player’s exertions have been huge, so we’ll have to make sure we’re ready for that game.

“Based on what we know we’ll be facing a far more direct team and we have to show our resilience against that as well. We go into it with two away wins so we have to show confidence and I know we all feel we can come away with another good victory.”


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