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TEAM TALK v COLCHESTER, 6/9/14

4 September 2014

Boss looking to bounce back in the right way...

I LET off a bit of steam during half-time of the Scunthorpe game because that’s as poor as we’ve been for the last few years under my management.

We had a debrief on Monday and talked about it more rationally. The players spoke about how they could have done better and we let them know our performance wasn’t acceptable.

But we move on and look forward to correcting it when we welcome Colchester United on Saturday.

I was a bit shocked and disappointed to hear that Joe Dunne and Mark Kinsella had lost their jobs, to be honest. I know they had to cut the budget and they’ve had to bring some young players through, so it did surprise me.

It’s going to be a difficult game but for us every game is as important as the next. Our performances over the past 18 months mean that the expectancy will be higher. Our fans will be expecting us to go out and win but every game in this League is tough, whether it’s Colchester United or Peterborough United who are top of the table at the moment.

I’ve said before, we’ve got a squad of players here who will challenge at the top of the League. I’ve no doubts about that. Unfortunately, though, I’ve got eight players out through injury at the moment. If I’d have had a full squad from the start of the season things might be different and I could be standing here having won all five games.

However, that’s not the case and I don’t want to blame the injuries because we’ve got some really good players on the pitch. To have that many players unavailable for a club of our size, though, has been difficult, there is no escaping that.

Dean [Holden] wouldn’t have expected to have started as many games as he has. So it has been tough but three of the games we should have won and we’ve put in some good performances. 

The players, the staff and certainly the fans have been supportive during my time here so I can assure you that we’ll put it right.

DEAN SMITH

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