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McGuire focussed on Torquay test

25 April 2014

Midfielder Jamie McGuire believes our team has a point to prove following our lacklustre performance in a 2-0 defeat at home to Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday.

Two goals from veteran attacker Jamie Cureton earned the Robins a comfortable success and McGuire admits our team didn’t perform to their usually high standards.

He said: “I’m not going to make any excuses – it was poor. It’s as simple as that and apologies go to the supporters.

“We’ve had games like that this year where we haven’t played the best, but we’ve just got to see games out. It was 0-0 at half-time, we weren’t playing the best and we came out and were poor again in the second half. 

“We went out with the mindset to win a game, it was as simple as that, but we just never performed. It was poor and I’m not going to hide from that. 

“As players, we were gutted after the game. There are two games left and we want to put it right and win them both, starting against Torquay in front of our own fans.”

The Gulls will arrive at One Call Stadium on Saturday, knowing that anything less than three points will mean they are relegated to the Conference Premier.

McGuire continued: “Torquay are fighting for their lives and we’ve got a massive say [in which teams could be relegated], but we’re not going to lie down.

“We want to finish on a high with two wins and finish as high as we can in the table. We’ve got to put things right on Saturday and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Reflecting on the last few months, the 30-year-old said: “Since the Rochdale game [on Boxing Day], when we had a word with ourselves because things just weren’t going right, we’ve been on a good run.

“Everyone thought we were fighting relegation, but we came away from that and put ourselves right in for the Play-Offs, but that ended on Monday.

He added: “I’m envious of the lads who are [playing for teams] in the top three and in the Play-Offs. I want to be there – every player does – and you want to be playing in those games.

“The lads had that last year through winning the league and playing Liverpool, and if we had put things right and stayed consistent this year, I think we had a big chance of being in the Play-Offs. 

“That’s what I’ve kind of learned from this season. In games where you’re not playing good or bad, you’ve just got to see them out – Scunthorpe did that. They came here, weren’t the best, but were just consistent and won 2-0.”

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