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MANAGER: We need to concentrate on what we do well

Chris Beech ahead of tonight's game against Colchester

2 March 2021

United are in Essex tonight as they face Colchester United in what is expected to be another tough game with both teams looking to get back to winning ways.

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We spoke to manager Chris Beech ahead of the game.

“I’m looking forward to playing Colchester,” he said. “We had a day to recover on Sunday then we’re training on the way down, which is great.

“We’re organised, the boys who didn’t play on Saturday trained after the game, and we then sorted our 18-man squad for this one.

“They’re on a tricky run but that means nothing. They’ve changed manager and they’ll be looking to get back to playing the type of football they’re known for.

“As ever, we respect the opponent but we need to concentrate on ourselves. The lads are believing in themselves. You don’t go to Salford and draw, put Tranmere on the back foot or start a game like we did at the weekend without believing in yourself.”

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“What you need to do while you’re in those periods is not take your foot off the gas and make sure you get what you want,” he added. “The players on the pitch need to represent that, and individually they need to do the things they’re good at.

“We’ve got some good players who have created an energy and a way of playing that has been nationally recognised, and this is the first time they’re under pressure as players because a lot of them haven’t been in this position before.

“They’ve done ever so well to put themselves into that position and excite everybody, and what they need to do now is step up to the plate and keep doing the things they’re good at.

“A lot of them haven’t completed a full season of football before, so it’s all experiences, but while we’re learning I still want us to be winning.”

“Everybody is going to have a wobble within 90 minutes of football,” he commented. “On Saturday, that wobble came from ourselves, not by being put under pressure we couldn’t handle.

“We weren’t clean with our clearances and we precise in our work. If we’d continued the way we started, and it was the same against Tranmere, we’d have gone on to win.

“I don’t ever think of luck as playing a part, and there are always things like being better at what we do, and being better at stopping crosses and forward passes that we can work on. Those are the things I can coach and look to make better, which is what we’re doing.”

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