Brian Barry-Murphy looks ahead to Saturday’s League One fixture against Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium…
“Training has been vibrant this week. The lads are hungry and are keen to push on,” said BBM.
“We’re at the stage of the season where teams have certain physical levels and our lads look like they are at a really, really good physical level because they’ve done some great work.
“The reaction of the players who haven’t been in the squad has been the most important thing I’ve seen and what I wanted. They have been pushing hard meaning training has been super competitive.
“There is always an idea that when you win a game, the team will remain the same, but, this week, the reaction of the players who haven’t played has given me plenty of food for thought. It’s going to push everybody to the limits, which is what we want on a daily basis and ultimately we want a continuation of what we’ve done during the week at the weekend.”
He added: “We have a huge emphasis on what we’re going to do and how we’re going to play. We have a way that we play and that’s going to be constant. It'll be the same but with little tweaks within that depending on who we play. Irrespective of the result, that’ll remain the same.
“We travel down today (Friday) and we’ll prepare, we’ll train, we’ll rest and we’ll get ready for the game. I don’t believe in having a dramatic change of approach to away games.
“We’ll continue to try and do what we do in our own way. We’re hugely respectful of what Gillingham are and where they are in the table. They are a very good team with a great manager and good players, and it’s a really difficult venue to go to – I believe it’s a good ground for football. It’s a compact ground with an intense atmosphere at moments in the game, but we’ll relish that and I’m sure our lads will thrive on it.
“Any of our supporters who are able to make the journey – I know it is going to be a difficult for one for them to get to – but we’ll try to do everyone proud and put in a performance that represents what we’re about. Hopefully, similarly to last Saturday, we can make then feel good at the end of the day, which win lose or draw, I’m sure we can.”
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