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MATCH PREVIEW | Graham Coughlan looking to continue good away form

24 November 2016

Assistant Manager looks ahead to Walsall...

Graham Coughlan feels the players deserve credit for the improvement in away form.

On the road in the last three league games, Blues have drawn at Bradford and beaten MK Dons and Bury.

Before that, though, were three defeats against Rochdale, Northampton and Scunthorpe, and Coughlan says the task is to continue recent performances against Walsall this weekend.

“We’re doing OK at the moment,” he said.

“We’re in a similar position to where we were last season points wise and goals for and against.

“Confidence is high and we’ve got a bit of momentum on the road so we’re looking forward to the next game.

“Preparation is key [to maintaining that] to any football team. The lads seem to be taking the instructions on board and they’re carrying out their jobs.

“All credit to them because they’re the ones that perform. If you’ve got good players you’ll compete.

“We were a little bit disappointed earlier on in the season on the road but we seem to have stabilised that, we seem to be in a rich vein of form, confidence is high so it’s just about keeping that momentum going.”

The game at Banks’s Stadium on Saturday will be the third game this week.

Blues will be hoping to make it seven points from nine but Coughlan says they will have to check on the fitness of the squad.

“We’ll assess the lads and they’ll get wrapped in cotton wool,” he added.

“We’ll see what they’re like on the grass and speak to them individually as well the sports science department and we’ll gather all the information.

“But I wouldn’t have thought there will be too many individuals wanting to come out of this team at this moment in time.”

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