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We'll Be Ready For Saturday - Collins

18 January 2017

Caretaker boss Sam Collins has insisted that his entire focus is on making sure the squad is as well prepared as they can be for Saturday’s big home game against Stevenage.

Collins was asked to step up and take temporary charge of First Team affairs on Sunday following the departure of Craig Hignett and he immediately began planning for this weekend’s game.

Having joined the Club in January 2008, he’s now made a successful transition from player to coach but he says the emphasis this week isn’t on his own ambitions but firmly on making sure the team is ready for Saturday.  

“I have been here long enough and been on this side of things long enough to know that Sam Collins isn’t the most important thing,” he told us.

“The most important thing is that the Club is alright and we’re winning football matches.

“We want everyone to go home on a Saturday with a smile on their face, and that’s the players as well as the supporters because they’re the ones that are going out to do it on the pitch.

“I have tried to think about things from their point of view this week and what I would want in their position – and that’s what I have tried to do with them all week so far.

“Everything will be done by the end of today, the lads will know everything they need to know. Stuart Parnaby has been helping me with that and has been brilliant with me and the players, and I know he will be honest with me about things.

“I have played here long enough to know what the fans expect to see – and that’s what I intend to get out of the lads on Saturday.

“I have spoken to them already about it and one of the main things I have asked of them is to be really intense, particularly when they’re out of possession.

“If you put players under pressure in this league then they will give you the ball back and we have some good footballers who can play so if we can focus on what we do without the ball and get that right then we will be fine.

“There will be some things we do on Saturday that will be different in terms of what has gone before; formations are always the same, it’s just about what you do when you’re in that formation.

“We’ve worked on some little tweaks but it’s difficult because this is on the third day – we will get the small things across to them though, and hopefully they will come off by 4.45pm on Saturday.

“There might be a couple of things on Saturday that please everyone; I think there are two or three things that could be happening that we’re really excited about.”

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