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TEAM TALK v STEVENAGE, 26/4/14

25 April 2014

The thoughts of manager, Dean Smith...

WE GO into Saturday's final away game of the season at Stevenage knowing that we should have been out of sight in our last game but instead had to settle for a share of the spoils.

It summed up the past few months for us whereby we enjoyed the majority of possession against Gillingham but failed to turn that into goals and it cost us in the end as our visitors grabbed a late equaliser.

That said, I feel that we have certainly moved forward as a club this season; as a group we are all competitors and want to continue winning football matches and progressing.

We know that it will be a tough game on Saturday despite Stevenage's relegation being confirmed on Monday. Graham Westley will have them right at it and, like ourselves, they will be keen to build some momentum to take into next season.

We will go there looking to do the right things and get the points so that we can finish as high as we possibly can. We can't control the results, but we can control our performances to give us the best possible chance of getting the results that we desire.

Defensively we have been hard to break down this season. We have some good defenders at the club and they can be pleased with their efforts. I want players to be consistent and I've had that from the likes of Richard O'Donnell who has been ever-present this season.

He has really flourished and as a former defender myself, it is go to know that you have a reliable goalkeeper behind you.

Our only fitness concerns surround Ben Purkiss, who suffered an eye injury in training recently and Dean Holden, who felt his hamstring in a behind-closed-doors game at Everton earlier this week. Everyone else is fit and available for selection.

DEAN SMITH

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