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"We need to be mentally focused on Saturday"

9 February 2017

The key points from Dermot Drummy's press conference on Thursday

Dermot Drummy has emphasised the importance of the side's mentality ahead of the trip to face Luton Town on Saturday (3pm).

 the midweek 0-0 draw at Blackpool when he met the local media on Thursday morning.reviewinghe Head Coach looked ahead to the weekend's game, as well as T

“I feel we need a real mental focus on Saturday, we’ve been eradicating errors and that’s a good thing.

 

“That’s going to be key, and the players will need to know their responsibilities.


“Luton will play an attacking game – we’ve watched them and myself, Matt and the analyst will make sure we’re well prepared.”


The side certainly have solid foundations to build following the draw in the north-west on Tuesday evening - and the Head Coach was pleased with the solidity and balance of the side.


“A point makes a difference and the performance was pleasing too – we got some luck with their missed penalty but I was very pleased with the shape of the team and the defensive structure.

 

“We’d given away late goals in the previous too games and we made a big improvement mentally.

 

“We switched back to four in defence and I thought it gave us a lot more balance."


Conor Henderson made his first league start for over two years, and Kaby Djalo appeared for the Reds in the league for the first time over two months as the Head Coach made changes in Lancashire - and he was pleased with how the duo did.

 

“Kaby gave us energy in the midfield, we know he’s good on the ball but his pressing and his aggressiveness really pleased me.

 

“Conor has always been controlled on the ball and can dictate play, he had a big input in the game, he was picking up the second balls well and screening the game, as well as starting attacks.

 

“The trick now for them is to stay in the team – the training ethic has been very good, but you don’t want complacency.

 

“I like players to be fighting for their place and Tuesday showed I can change it and the lads will do that.

 

“It might be that the system changes going forward – like I said, each side is different and we'll be ready for the next test away to Luton on Saturday."


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