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Murray sets targets ahead of Morecambe test

9 February 2015

Boss speaks to the media ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Morecambe.

Manager Adam Murray insists our players will take it ‘one game at a time’ but do whatever it takes to help push us on towards safety in Sky Bet League Two.

With 18 games of the campaign to go, we currently occupy 20th position in the league table – jumping up three places following last weekend’s 1-0 home victory over Stevenage.

Our team could climb further clear of the drop zone with a win at Morecambe tomorrow, but Murray is taking nothing fore granted and anticipates a tough challenge against a Shrimpers side who have drawn five of their last six games.

“It’ll be a tough game,” said Murray. “Morecambe is always a hard place to go. It’s a long journey and they’re a very good team.

“I know their manager (Jim Bentley). I’ve done a couple of courses with him and he’s a top man who knows his stuff. He’s very intelligent and always sets his team up whilst bearing in mind the opposition, so we’re expecting a tough test. 

He continued: “But we’ve got a lot of confidence at the minute even though we haven’t picked up the results of late that I feel we deserve. The performance levels have been high, the application and work-rate has been superb and we must continue that tomorrow night.

“We’ve got 18 games left and every one is going to be a World Cup final. We have to approach every game now as an individual game. We’ve got a certain amount of wins targeted that we want to achieve and we will use all the ingredients and tools in the squad to do so.”

Asked if Saturday’s win has lifted the mood within the playing camp, he said: “It’s obviously helped. I think with the amount of effort that been put into the job by everybody at the minute, we were ‘over the moon’ to get the three points.

“The whole football club, and I include the fans in that, have been giving 110% in everything they can. 

“From the people on the desks to the ladies that do the cleaning in the club, we’ve all been pulling in the same direction and everybody has been grafting, so to get the three points on Saturday was a real boost for the football club.”

One player who missed Saturday’s game was Ricky Ravenhill.

The 34-year-old encountered hamstring problem prior to the match, which meant that Jamie McGuire was brought into the starting XI as a late replacement for him.

Scans have now revealed that Ravenhill will be out of action for a few weeks.

Our boss added: “It’s obviously a big blow for us. Ricky felt his hamstring and pulled out of the warm up and he’s going to be a big miss for us because I think he’s been superb around the place.

“He had a scan today and we’re probably going to be looking at [him being out] for a few weeks.”

Chris Clements is also a doubt for tomorrow night’s game at the Globe Arena after suffering a knock to his ankle in the closing stages of our weekend victory.

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