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7 September 2012

Peter Shirtliff on a good weeks training and looking forward to Preston on Saturday

“The mood in the camp is good, training has been good and they are all looking forward to Saturday.  Obviously we had a lot of disappointment around the place after the game on Saturday, but that had all gone by Monday morning.  We have to bounce back and the thing about football is there is always the next game, so we have to move onto it.  You have to move away from the disappointment and move onto the following game.

The lads did everything but score, yet Notts County have converted the only two chances they had.  That’s football sometimes, they just have to keep doing what they are doing and hopefully the luck will turn.

At the end of the day we are obviously disappointed to lose the game.  The negatives do not outweigh the positives.  0-2 was a flattering scoreline for them, but the fact remains that we have to stop goals going in our goal and to score at the other end.  It’s simple to say, but not very simple to do.

We’ve done work on finishing this week, but we do that every week.  We’ve done certain things that we usually do.  With the chances that we had and missed last week, it does become frustrating that we have somebody like David Healy sat in the stands watching.  With his experience you would expect chances to fall to him and one or two of them to go in.

We have to get on with what we have got.  It’s no good saying ifs, buts and maybes.  We just have to get on with it, roll our sleeves up against Preston and have a go.

We think David has a chance, he was 50 50 on Thursday.  He’s done plenty of work this week and has made good progress.  Hopefully he will manage to be involved on Saturday.  We are not going to rush him, if there is a problem there is always the risk he could be out for longer.  If there is any sort of problem, then he will not be available.

There was no reaction from David Worrall, he came through the game with no problems.  He blew up a little in the last 20 minutes but we expected that.  He did ok and he will come on from that.  He will be looking forward to Saturday, as they all are.

Andrai Jones was ill last weekend with a throat infection and he has been on strong antibiotics, he started training on Monday but was a bit under the weather, but he trained well on Thursday and looks a lot stronger.  There are no other injuries, we’ve trained well and trained hard this week.

I went to watch the youth team play on Monday and they have had a fantastic start to the season, and they played very well in a competitive game against Preston.  They just edged it 3-2 and it was very good to see.  I also watched Preston against Swindon on Sunday; they put in a good performance.  I’ve also seen them against Crystal Palace in the cup. 

We know plenty about them, but knowing plenty about them and doing something about it is totally different.  We have to put into practise on Saturday, we have to impose ourselves on the game and it’s all about what we do.

They have had a lot of changes over the summer and seem to be making a reasonable job of it so far.  It can be difficult and it all depends on the type of player and how they are brought in.  They look to have settled quickly.

It will be a big crowd and a noisey atmosphere.  If they don’t like playing in these sorts of atmosphere, then they shouldn’t be playing.  It’s the sort of game any player wants to be involved in.  It’s great for any player, the better atmosphere does help.


Watch the full video interview with Peter Shirtliff on Shakers Player 

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