Peter Shirtliff on training, injuries and looking forward to the start of another Shakers season
“I’ve watched the DVD from Saturday and have taken a certain amount from watching it again, but I’m not to hyper about it, it was more of a general performance issue for me. What it did tell me was that Efe Sodje’s red card was no better. For me, it was a straight red card.
Sodje will miss three games, and obviously that gives somebody else a chance. Circumstances change weekly, even daily, somebody else gets a chance and we move on. It’s a squad game, we said that last week.
Training this week has been very good; the lads have trained very well. They look like they are ready for the game on Saturday. We will make our final preparations for the game on Friday and we are all looking forward to the game.
These lads need to play a game, they need it and they know that the games will start to come thick and fast now, sometimes that’s better.
My role has changed slightly because obviously I am picking the team now rather than suggesting. Ultimately it’s down to me to decide who plays now. All the speculation on new manager and who takes it is not a distraction to me; I will just carry on as normal and prepare the players to perform in games as best as I can.
I’ve seen that various websites, newspapers and magazines are tipping us for relegation again this season. It’s the same as last year. It’s probably something that I can use as a motivational tool for the players. Once they get a whiff of things like this then they will want to prove people wrong.
Cameron Belford has gone down to Southend for a month; he needs to play first team football. Obviously Trevor Carson is number one at the moment here so it will be a good month for him. There’s a possibility it could be extended as well but we will have to wait and see.
It was a quick move, that quick in fact that he was dragged off the training ground on Tuesday. Southend were in need of a goalkeeper quickly to play at Peterborough that night.
We have no injuries, everybody is fit and there are no problems at all. There are the usual bumps, knocks and blisters but you always get that.
Brentford are a side with plenty of good players, they have goal threats with players like Clayton Donaldson and decent players all around the pitch. They will be solid and difficult to beat. We have to match them, be solid and difficult to beat.
We’ve watched them over pre-season; they've watched us over pre-season – plus their game at Walsall last weekend where they had a man sent off after half an hour. That doesn't really give us a true reflection on them. It’s hard to pick anything up from a pre-season game.
I would have thought that there won’t be many changes from last season in the way that they play. Uwe Rosler was here for the Birmingham game over pre-season and I can’t imagine he took a lot away from that performance.
It’s a busy period for us with three games in ten days, you never know what’s going to happen but its nine points to play for, and hopefully we can get some on the board. It’s an old cliché, but we are just taking it one day at a time at the moment, particularly with the position I am in. We just stick together and get on with it.
We are ready for the game, we are ready for the season – we’re just ready.”
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