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TEAM TALK v PETERBOROUGH, 18/11/13

15 November 2013

Boss looks ahead to Monday Night football...

WE ENJOY games under the floodlights here. We had two live games last season and performed well in both of them, so hopefully we can do the same this time around and get the right result.

If the lads go out and play their usual game, we'll get the result that we all desire. It will be nice to show a wider audience what we can do.

Peterborough United are a strong team who look to play the right way. It promises to be a good game between two good teams at this level.

We've got a team now that can compete in every game that we play. We won't get too far ahead of ourselves; we'll continue to be competitive and see where it takes us.

The key thing is to take each game as it comes and have belief in ourselves and what we are trying to achieve.

It is important to have a professional and positive attitude running throughout the club. Everyone buys in to what we are trying to achieve here and there has been a steady improvement in the facilities and infrastructure, which will benefit every age group.

The support that we have had from the Chairman and Board of Directors has been unwavering. Our house has always been in order, and by doing that is has allowed me time to do the job and start building something.

I've always said that it is a long-term project. The key is consistency and having the right characters around the place, players who want to work hard and improve and staff who are committed to high standards in what they do.

I was delighted to see Sam Mantom agree a two and-a-half year contract extension on Friday. He is a player with enormous potential who has been a permanent fixture in the team since his arrival.

He is a calm and sensible lad with a lot of quality who I look forward to working with as we continue to develop.

It gives us a boost as we prepare for the visit of Peterborough. We respect what they are doing as they seek an immediate return to The Championship, but we don't fear them.

DEAN SMITH

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