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The pre Lincoln City presser with the gaffer.

28 September 2017

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Town boss Russell Slade says he won’t have to motivate his players ahead of the derby with Lincoln City in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (1pm).

The Imps, who are currently 12th in the league – one place above Slade’s men, travel to Blundell Park for the first time in almost two years this weekend, and the Town manager says the Mariners fans will be on song for the clash.

Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “It should be what every player wants to embrace – playing in front of a full house in a passionate local derby, it’s what it’s all about.

“It’ll be a great atmosphere, won’t it? It’ll be pretty much a packed Blundell Park, so there should be no need for, or very little, motivation.

“I’ve no doubt how vocal our fans can be, and what a difficult place it can be for the opposition.

“Our form at home is beginning to get stronger and a bit more consistent – I think since I’ve been here we’ve won five, and lost a couple.

“Our away form has not been quite so clever, but we want to perform in front of our own fans here.

“It’s important to us, it’s important to the fans, it’s important to the players, it’s important to the club that we’re a strong team at home.

“It’ll be a test, we’ll be tested, there’s no doubt about that, against a team that’s very functional, knows what it’s doing, they’re used to each other’s play, they’re used to each other’s movement, so it will be tough.”

Town are now unbeaten in their last three home league games, but the Town boss says his side is still a work in progress.

“We’ve got to move the ball better than what we did [against Colchester United on Tuesday], pass the ball better in the opposing half. A little bit more composure, from that point of view.

“What we did, though, we still created chances despite not a great team performance Tuesday. And having not played particularly well, still felt that we ought to have won the game in many ways.

“Clearly not defending well enough or not valuing the basics well enough, which is something Lincoln do very well, incidentally.

“That’s something that we’ve got to get better at. We’re a newer team so we will improve from game to game.

“But keeping clean sheets is just as important as scoring goals. If you’re going to be successful, if you’re going to be in the mix, then we do need to be clocking up a few more clean sheets.

“At this moment in time it’s important for us to stay in there whilst we find more consistency, and look for that momentum that will give us a five, six, seven-game run which can push us in the right direction.

“We’ve got to stay tight as a group and keep working hard. There’s no substitute for hard work, no excuses as things sometimes go against us or go wrong – as it did in the early season when four of the first five games we’re down to 10 men, that’s tough to take.”

The gaffer also confirmed that Zak Mills is now back in training, but said Saturday’s clash with the Imps may be too soon for the defender.

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