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Keates: keep building momentum

8 March 2019

Dean Keates believes his side are still building momentum off the back of the resilient performance against Bradford City.

The win against Bradford was accompanied by a draw and clean sheet against Burton Albion and the boss wants his side to use those results as a platform heading into tomorrow's match against Fleetwood Town.

“We used the word galvanise against Bradford,” said Keates, who believes his players have become closer over the past two games.

“We had to be as positive as we could at half-time. We flipped it around, it was about defying the odds.

“We had to try and win a football match with 10 men by whatever means necessary.

“The players left everything out there on the pitch, they gave everything. It showed the players care about the football club. It gave them that lift.

“We know that some performances haven’t been good enough and results hadn’t been good enough.

“But confidence is massive football. So is momentum.

“If you are in a good place and you are winning games, it becomes easy to win games. When confidence is low, that losing habit becomes the same – it snowballs.

“We needed that Bradford game to stop that bad run and it gave us a platform to build on.

“It had to be a siege mentality. We spoke to the lads about it and told them they have to take the rough with the smooth.

“It was also something we spoke about at the start of the season when they were getting pats on the back and everything was going well.

“You have to take the rough side of football because when it’s not going well people will let you know about it.

“The lads took that on board. They have closed ranks and made sure they stuck together.”


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