Kevin Blackwell reflects on the first three games and looks forward.Manager Kevin Blackwell looks forward to Saturday’s game with Accrington Stanley and after seeing signs of a settled squad at Gigg Lane, hopes that his players can now push on and look for those first three points of the season.
‘A pre-cursor to getting wins on the board is good performances, and I thought last Saturday at Oxford was a good performance, which came on the back of a good performance against Crewe and a very good solid start against Chesterfield, we should have points on the board now because performances warrant that.
Obviously we’ve lost Nathan Cameron for this weekend, but thankfully we have a good healthy fit squad to choose from. We have options for Centre half. Andy Procter dropped in for the game last weekend and did very well there. Dropping Andy back allowed me to keep the initiative going forward and allowed me to put another striker on to chase the game. If needs be, Andy can drop back again and it does give us another option.
The spirit amongst the lads and in the club in general is high, the lads know they are playing well, they know that they have performed against two sides that are tipped to be up there at the end of the season. The lads are confident and they are bubbly because they know how well they have done, I think they can start to see the signs of a team that is really starting to come together.
I will use the disappointment from last weekend before the game on Saturday. I will ask them how they felt after the Oxford game, they felt cheated, aggrieved and upset – I will ask them to take it out on Accrington and use it as an inspiration. We are talking about the evolution of a team, from obscurity six weeks ago to putting a competitive team out in this division, and we’ve been more than competitive.
It’s still a work in progress; we still have trialists around the club. Some of the signings we have made are for development. They are not quite the finished article and we are still looking for one or two to go into the first team, to be the finished article.
It’s always nice to get points on the board, and I want a performance on Saturday. That second half at Oxford was for me the best we have played so far, we moved the ball well, we created chances and I want another good performance this weekend. With the quality that we do have and the fact they are starting to bed down know. They know what is expected off them both on and off the pitch. Now the fans have seen the players and have seen what is happening, they are quietly confident and expecting us to do something.
I’ve tried to quell that enthusiasm a little bit, but a few of the fans that I have spoken to have told me that they think we are more than competitive. We’d love to get our first three points on Saturday, and it won’t be for the want of trying.
When we went in front against Crewe, it pleased me to see how well we held that lead. Crewe hardly had a chance after that and we held the game well. As a manager, I’d like to be sat on the side line with us two or three nil up.”
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