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Press Conference | Pre Accrington Stanley

Russell Slade talks to the press ahead of Tuesday's trip to the Wham Stadium

11 September 2017

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“It’s about reaction, reaction to the inconsistency that we’ve shown so far this season"

Russell Slade

Russell Slade will have to make at least one change ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Stanley, with Zak Mills sidelined with a hamstring problem.

But the Town boss is contemplating making some unenforced changes.
He said: “There will be a few changes for the game. It’s not wholesale changes. In open play, as we all said, there wasn’t too much between the two teams, but certainly, between the two boxes we need to be better and when we are in the final third we need to be ruthless.

“It’s squads that are successful, it’s not just about the 11, you need a group of players that you can trust. We have a strong bench now, we do have players that are capable of coming on and making a difference. It’s nice to have a settled group, but in reality, that doesn’t happen and you are never going to be able to play the same eleven for the entire season. So it is important that when they do get their opportunity that they are impressive and that they do make a point and make a difference.”

The threat that Stanley might pose his side.

The gaffer siad: He’s steadily built a side [John Coleman] over the last two/ three seasons. They are nice and solid, organised, know what they are doing. In Billy Kee they’ve got a real threat - as good as anybody in this league, in terms of a box player. McConville as well, wide, I think he has been there a good number of years. He’s a strong player, coming inside. Certainly from set-plays, free-kicks, he’s a threat.”

Threat from a former Town man too.  

Slade also acknowledged that former Town loanee Kayden Jackson is in good form for The Wham Stadium side, he added: “He looks like he’s found a home where he wants to perform and he’s got off to a very good start.”

He will now be looking for some reaction from his players.

He said: “It’s about reaction, reaction to the inconsistency that we’ve shown so far this season. It has to be a positive one, even though it can be more difficult. I don’t think anyone will be wanting to go to Accrington Stanley on a Tuesday night. But that’s the test and we’ve got to embrace that, we’ve got to be ready for that challenge.”

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