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3 November 2020

Mark Molesley’s pre-match thoughts on the midweek trip to Bradford City in Sky Bet League Two.

On having another game in quick succession…

“The next opportunity is always the biggest and it’s a chance for us to put a few things right.

“We’re looking for that opportunity as quick as we can. 

“You can look at it two ways. One, could we have more time on the training field and more time for a couple of players to come back or no, let’s meet the challenge head on and get that first win, and we’re looking at the latter of the two.”

On what needs to be better to get that win…

“We need to be a little bit braver in both boxes and take a little bit more responsibility, and then have more confidence in those areas as well.

“To get that confidence you need that win. We’re going to be trying everything we can.

“We’re an honest group here, a hard working group here, and we’re always looking to improve. We have to stick with that attitude and believe in ourselves.

“We are getting better and sometimes the performances don’t always show the work that they [the players] are putting in.

“Ultimately, long term, we will see the fruits of that. Yeah, it is tough times at the moment but we brutally analyse ourselves and continue striving to improve.”

On the opposition…

“Bradford need no introduction, what a big football club. We’ve had them watched and they’re another team that have probably played some very good football but not had the results to show for it.

“They’ve got experienced players, an experienced manager and it’s going to be a tough place to go.

“It’s a challenge we have to rise to. It’s the nature of this league; it’s tough, robust and the games come thick and fast and we’ve got to meet these challenges head on.”

On whether it’s the most testing time he’s had…

“It depends which way you look at it.

“One could be that this is the best time. It’s what is making you learn quicker and this is the bit where, if you want to be a manager, you have to stand up and be counted.

“You’ve got to keep being positive, keep believing in the way you work and the job hasn’t changed since the day we walked in. It’s about working hard.

“We know results aren’t what we want at the moment but you’ve got to believe in yourself, keep battling and wanting to prove the doubters wrong and then good things can happen. That’s the attitude we’re going to have here.

“We know we’ve got to improve. We’re honest enough to know that, but we’ve also got to show that strong mentality now.”

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