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Izale: We have to bounce back

11 November 2014

Striker looks for positive reaction tonight

Izale McLeod says there is a determination within the players to put Saturday’s tame FA Cup exit behind them and bring Wembley a step closer.

Having gone out of the FA Cup following the 1-0 defeat to Yeovil, Reds entertain Gillingham on Tuesday night in the southern area quarter-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the Stadium, kick off 7.45pm.

“It’s a must win game for us – we need to try and rectify what happened on Saturday and it’s good in a way that we’ve got this quick opportunity to do so,” said Izale.

“I can’t put my finger on why we were so lackkustre and I can only apologise to the fans that travelled. They know that normally we always have a go but we made it too easy for Yeovil and we can’t let it happen again. It's not acceptable - we know that."

Izale got to the semi-finals of the JPT during his Barnet days and believes Reds have a great chance of going one better.

He added: “At the start of the season the JPT isn’t a priority but the closer you get to the final it becomes a huge competition.

“For lower-league players it’s a great chance of getting to Wembley and this is an opportunity we have to grasp.”

The full interview with Izale is available on Reds Player. To watch or subscribe click here.

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