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Positive reaction needed

16 April 2017

Head Coach looks ahead to Easter Monday's game at Accrington Stanley

Head Coach Dermot Drummy is anticipating a positive response from Reds to a disappointing performance on Good Friday when we take on Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium on Easter Monday.

Reds were fortunate to escape with a point after drawing 0-0 with Cheltenham Town and few outside the camp will be confident that we can end Accrington’s 14-match unbeaten run. The boss, however, sees things differently.

Dermot said: “Friday was a poor performance, we know that. In the end, it was a good point, but Monday is a different challenge and one we have to relish.

“I certainly expect Accrington to play in a very different style to Cheltenham. They like to pass the ball and have got some dangerous players but so have we.

“So, in theory, their method of playing should suit us but we have to do a lot better than we did on Friday and the players are well aware of that.

“When I have asked for a reaction recently, such as when we lost to Crewe at home, the players have produced it. It is very frustrating for everyone involved that we can play like we did against Plymouth and then get nowhere near that standard in the next game but we are certainly capable of going to Accrington and getting a result.”

The return of 20-goal top scorer James Collins is an obvious boost to the squad.

“We did miss him on Friday, and that was always going to be the case because Collo is a top player who gives us so much," added Dermot.

“Hopefully he will have benefitted from the rest. We have other options too if I want to freshen things up but whoever plays is aware that we need to be brave on the ball and have confidence to play the sort of football we all know we are capable of.”

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