Build On It When We Face Southend
Manager Mark Yates has called on the team to build on our result against Hartlepool when we face Southend this weekend.
Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, Yates laid the challenge down to the players as he continues to want to see us finish this season on a high, but did admit that the players had been given a couple of days 'downtime' so they could mentally refresh and physically relax following the run of tough trips, travel and games we have had lately that have taken their toll.
'We're back in today and ready to go Saturday. We want to be nice and bright and as competitive as we were against Hartlepool and pretty much as we have been for the whole month. We played well against Hartlepool and it was probably one of our better performances so we need to do the same on Saturday.'
The gaffer goes on to talk about the Hartlepool match saying that basically because they came at us trying to play football it helped us return the favour and play our better game as well, and although he acknowledges that ahead of Southend our pitch isn't quite as good as Town's was, he knows the pressure will be all on them, as given their recent resurgence and return to winning ways, they have a play off hope that should weigh them down and leave us free to play like we have nothing to lose.
With that said though that's something that should play in our favour, but it's not going to overly make the game any easier as Yates says they are where they are through merit, they have good players, can battle and he knows they will be looking to finish the season strongly as well so it will be a very tough game for us, but it should certainly be a good game.
Referencing their run of 12 without a win, and the fact it didn't bring an end to their play off hopes, the gaffer says it just epitomises how crazy the league has been this season really, but ultimately those at the top have had greater consistency, and those like us have had our 'mad stats' in some games and it's cost us and held us back.