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MANAGER: It's a game to look forward to

Chris Beech ahead of the Barrow game

9 April 2021

United boss Chris Beech spoke to us about tomorrow’s relatively short trip to Holker Street for the ‘local derby’ meeting with Barrow.

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“Saturday is a big game for us to look forward to,” he told us. “We’ve got eight games left, let’s go and whack them as best we can and make sure we give our best in them.

“We’ll look at the opponent and make a couple of changes if we need to. Barrow are very dogged, I watched their game against Colchester and they were unfortunate not to win.

“They’ve been doing well under Rob [Kelly] and they’ll be fighting all the way. We’ll go and give our best and see what happens.”

On whether or not the tag of it being a so-called derby match added any significance, he said: “We want to win because it’s a game of football.

“It doesn’t have any extra meaning on it for us with it being a derby. I think the home game maybe did because it was the first time we’d played them in a lot of years, but I don’t want to lose any game. I want to win everything I can win.

“I have so much respect for Barrow for the way they got into the league, through hard work and good football. They’ve signed a lot of players in January to try and stay in the league, so I hope that pays off for them.

“There are a lot of people who know each other within each other’s clubs. Mike Jones, Jamie Devitt, people like that, we all know them and they know us.

“I’ve know Rob Kelly for a long time. He’s a brilliant coach. He likes his players to do things quickly and with purpose and he’s good at getting the best out of people. I’ve been going up against his teams since I was at Bury, so I know the levels he expects.

“We both want to win for our own reasons so it’ll be a good game between two teams who will be doing everything they can to get the points.”

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