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Caretaker boss Paul Wilkinson after the 3-1 defeat at the Abbey Stadium.

17 February 2018

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CARETAKER boss Paul Wilkinson says that he will continue to fight to get the club out of their current rut, after his first game in temporary charge ended in a 3-1 defeat to Cambridge United on Saturday afternoon.

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17 February 2018

Speaking after the game, he said: ''It was obviously a disappointing result. I thought we started the game quite well and maybe should've tested their keeper more than we did but obviously it was disappointing to go behind with the first goal and it's put a negative back on us.

''The lads held on well until half time and in the first 15 of the second half, we looked to do something but then the second goal knocked us a bit and a third followed quickly.

''It was nice to get one at the end for the fans and for ourselves really to get on the scoresheet.

 On getting the first goal in games

''It's frustrating, I think Macca's probably had two saves and picked the ball out of the back of the net three times so we've got to make sure we keep working hard and doing the simple things well.

''We are determined to get ourselves out of this dip that we're in. It's never easy, you've got to work hard and dig yourselves out sometimes..

''The most important thing for us is we need to get a first goal in a game to give us something to hold onto.''

 On James McKeown's return from injury

 ''It's great for everybody, Macca's a brilliant part of the team and young Ben has done well but the experience that Macca's got will hopefuly stand us in good stead over the next two or three games.

''Hopefully we might get Danny (Collins) and Siriki (Dembele) to come back next week so we've got lots of positives for next week that hopefully will help us.

''But again it's a disappointing afternoon in a game that we had enough opportunities in.''

On a change in shape

''We did it because I felt we needed to be a bit more creative and get a goal and I thought we controlled a lot of the spells of the game.

''Again it was just getting into that final third and getting into those areas where we didn't really create enough good opportunites.

''There were a lot of balls put across the box and we just need someone to have that desire to go in and put the ball in the back of the net and we'll keep working on that this wee.

''We need to be positive to win a game and we need to be creative in the right areas.''

On staying positive

''Our biggest thing is to say positive, we've got to make sure we stay positive because if you don't you can fall away very quickly.

''Come next week, we wanna be up and ready for Exeter and we need to make Blundell Park a place that people don't wanna come to.

''That's important and hopefully two or three good results there will get us a bit of confidence back again.''

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