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4 December 2020

Mark Molesley won’t be concerning himself with Stevenage’s recent schedule as he prepares his side to travel to the Lamex Stadium on Saturday.

Alex Revell’s Stevenage have played twice since Blues were last in action away at Bolton, beating Hull City on penalties in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday before drawing with Walsall in Sky Bet League Two on Wednesday.

Molesley said if there’s an advantage to be gained then Blues will look to capitalise, but he won’t be thinking too much about their schedule.

“I can’t concern myself too much with Stevenage,” said Molesley.

“We’ll look to seize any advantage we possibly can. Yes, they’ve had two tough games this week, so if we can seize an advantage there then we absolutely will.

“At the same time we can only focus on ourselves.”

Blues go into the game seven points behind their opponents who sit a place above them in the standings.

Molesley said he is aware of the urgency to pick up points but doesn’t want to place extra significance on the game.

“The next game is always the biggest game,” he added.

“We’re well aware of where we are and where they are.

“Every game is a must win for us at the moment so we’re fully aware of the magnitude of it.

“We can’t, though, let that build more pressure on our shoulders, we’ve got to make sure we remain calm and clinical in our processes.

“We train and prepare as professionally as we can, giving Stevenage the credit they deserve and looking how best to impact our game on them as well.

“They’re a hard working team. They’ve changed a few things around and have started to see some results off the back of that. A tough challenge awaits.”

Blues have picked up four of their five points on the road so far this season.

And Molesley admitted some of their better performances have come away from Roots Hall.

“There are positives in amongst all of our games. Despite being quite down on numbers; I don’t think we’ve ever operated with more than 60 per cent of our squad available since we’ve been here.

“As a management you always worry if you’re not making chances, but we are making chances against good teams. The more chances you make the more opportunities there are to score goals so we have to continue believing in ourselves and making them opportunities. I’m sure the goals aren’t far away.

“I think we’ve had some positive performances away from home. 

“The Crawley game. We’ve had some disappointing moments in games but I thought we were very good at Tranmere, the second half at Bradford, large spells of the game at Bolton.

"We’re being punished at the moment and we’re not punishing other teams enough so we’re learning the cruel side of the game.

“We need to tighten up in certain areas and then definitely start taking our chances. I’m sure when we start to do that we can turn the performances into points.”


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