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A frustrating week

7 December 2012

Kevin Blackwell on Tuesday’s postponement and looking forward to Saturday’s game with Leyton Orient

“Tuesday was a disappointment; it’s always a disappointment when a game is called off as late as that.  We had put the team sheets in, we’d done all the team work and the team talk.  It’s a cup tie and you look forward to it, it was just frustrating for everybody whether they be fans, players, managers, directors – the same for everybody.  There was nothing we do could do, unless you can stop the rain from falling.


The referee was put in a difficult position.  It absolutely hammered it down for most of the evening and the embarrassing situation could have been that we started the game and stop if after 15 or 20 minutes, and from our own point of view, it could well have ruined the pitch for the rest of the season.


 

I believe we might have one or two of the injured players back this weekend.  David Healy started training on Thursday; Andy Bishop started training on Thursday so hopefully both will be a part of the squad for the weekend.  It’s a nice headache to have and will be nice to have a full complement on the bench.


I watched Leyton Orient at Northampton on Wednesday evening.  Every game is a tough game at the moment, but we go into this game in fine fettle and we are looking forward to it.  Orient are on a good run, they have won their last seven games but we are in fine form as well.


We seem to be hitting teams in good form, Bournemouth were the same when they came, we can say the same about Southend United last weekend.  They are all coming here on the back of a really good run, but we are on a decent run.  We’ve had some cracking games against teams in form; hopefully it will be another one on Saturday.


We haven’t trained on our own training ground this week at all.  We’ve been on the astro turf at Salford.  It’s difficult at the moment, we don’t train on grass at the moment but we have to get on with it.  I would hope that if you starved the lads of a grass pitch that they would look forward to it at the weekend.


I am nine weeks into the job now, we were three points adrift when I came, but look where we are now.  We are three points from being in the top half of the bottom of the table.  At the moment, I am not interested in where we are, I’m just interested in picking up results.  If you get the results, the table will take care of itself.


Orient will come here as a team full of confidence, they have won seven out of seven, and they have been scoring three’s and four’s in the last couple of games.  They were fortunate in the FA Cup last weekend and I know that Preston were very unlucky not to have taken something from the game at Orient.  They are riding the crest of the wave at the moment and when you are on that wave, it’s a good feeling.


They will come here believing that they can score goals; they will want to keep that run going and they will want to win the game, but that’s how Bournemouth came here, Southend was the same and we still came out with good results.


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