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26 March 2021

Mark Molesley has played down the opening day 4-0 defeat to Harrogate Town as any source of motivation for his side ahead of tomorrow’s reverse fixture in North Yorkshire.

The Blues boss said there is no greater incentive of going out and getting three points with the league standings less than pleasant reading for everyone at the club right now.

And Molesley believes it will be a different game at the EnviroVent Stadium to the one at Roots Hall back in September.

"They’ve done fantastically well getting out of the National League and they’ve had a great start to their life in League Two,” said the Blues Manager.

"They’ve had some highs, had some dips but then they always follow it with a bit of a high again, so we’ve got to be wary of them but also firmly believing in ourselves and putting our game onto them.

"The first game of the season was a completely different team. We’re much changed from that day, that was a long time ago but you don’t need anymore incentive to win football matches than we’ve got at the moment.

"We don’t need any added motivation for this game.”

Currently six points adrift and a worse goal difference than Barrow, the side directly above us in the table, the urgency for three points continues to grow each game that passes by without a win.

Asked about the pressure he feels, Molesley says pressure is always there each week.

"It’s the nature of the game that we’re in,” he added.

"We’re in a tough position there’s no doubt about it. It’s a big challenge, but it’s one you can’t let swallow you; you have to run towards it.

"We have to embrace the challenge and you can only focus on the next game.

"It’s full steam ahead preparing to win the game against Harrogate. Sometimes you have to block out the noise and focus on what’s in front of you and make sure we tackle that fully."

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