United boss Chris Beech spoke about tonight’s game against Newport as he looks for his side to bounce back from the disappointing weekend result.
“We’ll need to be at it because they’ll be coming here looking to win the game,” he said. “But we want to win for our reasons. We want to respond to Saturday’s result.
“There’s nothing we can do about the 96 minutes that are now behind us from the weekend, it’s all about concentrating on Newport. It happens to every team in the land, to the best, so we have to move forward.
“The only way to do that is through hard work. Everybody has to respond. The players need to support each other in that, we need the fans to support the efforts that are going on, it’s all part and parcel of the ingredients of the cake that is made.
“We’ve got to make sure we control our parts, make sure we recover and plan correctly, and that we pick a team that can compete and get the better of them. On the pitch we need to concentrate on being good enough to go out and get a positive result.
“On Saturday, it’s quite simple really, we weren’t good enough and we lost the game. We work very hard on what we can try and control, but we didn’t control it to the best of our abilities to get what we wanted.
“You can’t promise anything, but I wouldn’t want to see a bit of a reaction, I would want to see a lot of reaction. Not from their energy, we got that from them, just from decisions and managing frustrations when a game drifts.
“You’ve got to get better and make something happen, sometimes out of nothing, and that’s what we didn’t do against Colchester. It all only ever comes from hard work.”
“As I said at the weekend, the efforts were there, and statistics will back that up, but once a game looks like getting away from you, that’s when you have to take responsibility. The result hasn’t changed anything.
“I know what I want to do and how I want to do it. It will be more interesting to see how the players respond to it while they’re looking for their opportunities for their future employments. They definitely gave energy towards that football match, we just couldn’t get it on our terms.
“In terms of personnel, Nathan Thomas was nearly available. With a bit of luck he will be for tonight. If he is it obviously gives us more options.
“And 45 minutes for Josh Kayode should give him confidence from his own mental perspective to think that his hamstring is alright now. It will be great to see him in full flow.”