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MANAGER: It's chicken and the egg

Chris Beech on the importance of the fans

1 October 2021

With the Blues looking for a response from last weekend’s away day at Sutton manager Chris Beech confirmed that the squad was ready to push on following a week of hard work.

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“It’s been about accepting responsibility,” he said. “I did that after the game, and in terms of how we’ve gone about the early part of the season it’s dripped into those first half performances.

“We’re aware of that and Saturday didn’t reflect anything that we represent. I know that, you know that and the players know that. As far as I’m concerned it’s been dealt with and we need to make sure that we represent everything that we are.

“That’s why last weekend was a huge disappointment, but if you speak to very experienced managers like John Coleman, who would not have liked his Tuesday night result, or someone else where it happens in the football chain. It happens a lot.

“Our club from a supporters’ perspective is massive. There’s always some form of debate or difference in that from yourself or the radio, whatever it may be. Because the club’s bigger in terms of that support.

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“We’ve got to understand that, recognise that, but we also know who we are, which is great. We also know what we need to do, which is great, and we’re really looking forward to Saturday’s opponent.”

And on the importance of the fans, he added: “Fans are always important, whether it’s to regain that momentum or support it when it isn’t there, or try and ignite it.

“We know we have to take responsibility for that, it’s chicken and the egg, what came first. If we do something very good and start games very well, the noise levels, it’s a massive crescendo.

“What I did note in terms of the Scunthorpe fixture, finishing the game so strongly, the noise that the lads and lasses made was immense and they helped us.

“I think if the game had continued, that would have ended up anything in our favour, but it’s amazing that support, it makes you feel great and puts goosebumps on the arms, we’re really thankful of everybody that supports us.”

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