Date: 28th September 2015 at 9:15pm
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Manager Graham Alexander and striker David Ball have both targeted improvement following the two one defeat to Port Vale at the weekend.

Beginning with the gaffer, he told the Official Site that with pain and disappointment hanging over, the team simply had to use it to motivate them to much better ahead of our game against Gillingham.

‘We have to take the pain from Saturday`s game and channel it in the right way. We have to just go again. There`s no looking at what we might have to do, we just need to get ourselves prepared for a tough game on Tuesday. I want everyone to rally around. If I`m going to pick young players then they`re going to have to take responsibility as well. I`m not going to expect three or four of the experienced lads to just have to lift us. If the young lads want to be treated like men then I`ll treat them as men. We`ll be expecting everybody to desperate to make up for Saturday`s defeat on Tuesday.’

The gaffer went on to say that if any of the lads who are injured pass late tests, then if fit, they will come back into the match day squad as he looks to shake things up possibly and he hoped to have at least one back but he didn’t name them.

‘If any of the injured lads are fit then they`ll come straight back in for the game but we have to see if they`re fit or not. They`re knocking on the door of full fitness but we just have to wait and see if they`re ready. Hopefully we can get them back. We`re at the harsh end of football now and must not give games away. I thought Saturday`s game wasn`t given away though as it was taken from us. We need to put in a 95 minute performance at Gillingham and hopefully we`ll get a fair ground to play on this time around.’

As for Ball’s interview, he echoed that the squad had to be in the right mindset for the match and ensure that we keep our focus for the entire 90 minutes and whatever injury time there might be.

‘When you lose in the manner that we did on Saturday you just want to have a quick came come around so we can put things right. Hopefully we can go to Gillingham on Tuesday night and put in a performance that warrants that. It`s always a difficult place to go to but I think any game in the league is a difficult one. We`ve got to be in the right mindset for 90 minutes and go there and get something. The lads were all upset with themselves at the weekend because we know we`re all better than that.’

Ball went on to say that first half we competed well, but in the second half our standards weren’t right and we ended up ‘punished’ for our mistakes and we have to ensure that’s not the case again.


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