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Gaffer looking for strong finish

17 April 2015

Murray wants players to keep performance levels high in final three matches.

Manager Adam Murray wants our players to keep performing to high standards as our team head to the R Costings Abbey Stadium to face Cambridge United tomorrow knowing that they could mathematically secure the club’s Football League status for another season.

Reggie Lambe struck the all-important goal as our team beat relegation rivals Tranmere Rovers at One Call Stadium in midweek – a result which moves us eight points clear of the drop zone with three games of the season to go.

And Murray, who has been at the helm for nearly five months, is eager to see a strong finish to the season.

He said: “Over the last few games I think we’ve performed excellently, but on Tuesday I didn’t think our performance, for what we’re about, was very good. What we showed was a masterclass in defending.

“[Tranmere] had to go for it, because they had to throw the kitchen sink at us. Their risk was always going to be our advantage, so it was more of a calculated performance and I think it showed the tension and anxiety from within the group to get the three points.”

He continued: “I said after the game that it was a huge three points, because it put a lot of pressure on other teams who have now got to go and win all their remaining games, which is tough at this part of the season.

“We know that when you are going for wins it’s even tougher because of the pressure that you put on yourselves, let alone the situation, which is why we knew it was a big three points, but at the same time I want to finish the season as strongly as we can and I feel that we can get three wins out of the next three games.

“The season is two weeks from finishing, but personally and as a football club, the project is only just beginning and the work is only just starting, so they’ll be no foot coming off the gas, the foot will be firmly down and I want three wins out of three. Even when we become mathematically safe, the foot will stay firmly down.

“We want to improve and become more effective in our style of play and that’ll be the plan for the next couple of weeks. They’ll be no sitting on our laurels and trying this and that. I want us to be better, I want us to get better and in these next three games we’ll aim to do that.”

In team news ahead of tomorrow’s game, our manager has no fresh injury worries. However, Reggie Lambe will be suspended, having been sent-off in Tuesday’s game.

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