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Brian Barry-Murphy's Pre-Match Thoughts

27 September 2019

Brian Barry-Murphy says his players will again give everything for the Club in Saturday’s game against Wycombe Wanderers.

Dale produced a superb performance to take Manchester United to a penalty shootout in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

The boss explains his side are preparing for another positive and progressive performance.

“The players will be giving everything between now and Saturday to prepare how they have done for every single game,” said Barry-Murphy.

“They’ll give everything for the Club on Saturday, and we’ve very excited that we can produce a performance that will give Wycombe a lot of problems to cope with.

“It’s been a difficult day [Friday] in terms of recovery for the players, because they put so much into Wednesday night’s game.

“We’ve been very open and honest about having one of the smaller squads in the league this year, and we just haven’t got the finances to compete, but we have never complained about that.

“The benefits of that are seeing our younger players in action, on a stage like Wednesday night. As much as they were lauded, and as much credit as they deserve, they also deserve the chance to be forgiven if they can’t reproduce that on Saturday.

“We’re by no means preparing for anything other than a very positive, progressive performance, but we have to be understanding that this group of players have put absolutely everything into preparing for every game.

“Wednesday night’s game was probably beyond anything that we can achieve physically over the course of the season. It’s imperative we understand that the players may not be able to produce a performance of a similar standard on Saturday.

“Obviously, we put demands on the players, but they’re the biggest demanders of the game themselves. They want to be at their best for every game.

“Whether that is possible, in terms of the physical load they produced on Wednesday night, it will be only be seen on Saturday.”

Wycombe have made an excellent start to their League One campaign, sitting in third spot, and Barry-Murphy is expecting a tough test.

“They gave us one of our hardest games last season at the Crown Oil Arena. They were probably very unfortunate to lose that game.

“They’ve added to their squad, bringing in a lot of new players. They’ve become incredibly strong and they had a group that was established, as such, anyway.

“They’ve got a very strong foundation to push on this season and they look like they’re going to be one of the top teams in the league, and it’s no surprise with their manager that that is the case.

“It’s going to be an extremely hard game against a very good opponent, but one that we’re looking forward to and one we think we can play really well in.

“We haven’t had the wins we feel our play has deserved in league games – our cup results have obviously been exceptional. We’re very keen to try and put on performances that will enable us to win games at home, which we feel we’re very capable of doing.”

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