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18 September 2020

Mark Molesley’s side make the long trip up north to take on Carlisle United on Saturday.

And the Blues boss is looking for a response to last weekend's opening day defeat to Harrogate Town.

“We’re looking for a quick reaction from the lads following Saturday’s defeat," said Molesley. 

"We need to see some positive body language and not feel sorry for ourselves. It was difficult last week but we learnt some valuable lessons and we’ve come out stronger and learnt from those.  

“There were some naive moments last week but I don’t think the scoreline quite reflected the game as harshly as it did but that’s football and we’re certainly looking to improve on that display and get ourselves in the best possible position ahead of Saturday.  

“The lads have trained well and we’re certainly looking to show some improvement this weekend.  

"Carlisle are an experienced side at this level, they’ve got some good players and tricky threats on the pitch, and that warrants respect, but we’re focusing on ourselves as a team, getting our game plan right and making sure it will create an impact.”  

Blues added to the squad on Thursday with additions of Simeon Akinola along with former midfielder Alan McCormack making a return. 

But the Blues boss said it will be too early for Akinola to feature this weekend.

“Simeon [Akinola] has been training by himself for a while so he’s going to take a few good weeks to get up to speed. 

"He needs to come into team training now so we need to be careful, as much as we want to see him on the pitch as quickly as possible, we need to make sure he gets that good backlog of work so when he comes into the team he stays in.”

The Blues boss also provided an injury update ahead of this weekend’s fixture with positive news where Jason Demetriou is concerned.  

“Jason [Demetriou] has been back out on the field working hard, he had an injection in his knee and we had to wait and see how he settled. It’s positive so far and he’s started to do a little bit of training and we’re hoping that he can take part in full first team training at some point next week, so Saturday has come a little bit too soon for him.  

“Harry [Lennon]’s been involved in first team training this week which has been great, but there isn’t a quick route back for him with the injury he sustained before the curtailment of last season and he’s had a long period out so we need to bring him back in slowly.  

“Timothee Dieng & John White have both got ongoing checks to see if they can travel up with us.  

“All the players out are such important one’s to us, and no one wants them back out on the pitch more than me but we need to take our time so when they do come back they stay back.” 

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