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MILLS SAYS SQUAD IS LOOKING FORWARD TO OXFORD CHALLENGE

14 December 2023

Club News

MILLS SAYS SQUAD IS LOOKING FORWARD TO OXFORD CHALLENGE

14 December 2023

GARY MILLS says the squad is in good spirits and ready for the difficult away trip to Oxford on Saturday.

The first team coach was asked to take over on a caretaker basis after Dino Maamria's departure and has been talking to and working with the squad this week in preparation for the game at the Kassam Stadium.

He said: “The players are a great bunch and are really resilient. I have been in football a long time and I don’t say it lightly when I say they are a fantastic group of people.

“We had a meeting and said that it was a clean slate for everyone. They were all ready to work hard from the off and knew we had a lot to do.

“Today it has been about possession and how we are going to try and hurt Oxford, and tomorrow will be about out of possession and how we are going to combat them. The lads have been fully focussed and full of energy

“It’s our job to prepare them the best we can. We went to see Reading against Oxford on Tuesday night and we saw the fantastic game for the youth team against Aston Villa last night which was brilliant for Keith Gilroy and the lads and which gave everyone a big lift.”

Mills said the fans can expect to see some changes as he looks to improve results.

“Under us as a management team everyone will have an input and there will be subtle changes. Everyone sees the game differently that’s the beauty of football and we will try and be more attacking, front footed and pass the ball through the thirds

“We want the players to enjoy themselves and play with lots of energy and endeavour.

“The support we have had from everyone at the football club, the Chairman and the staff in the office, has been fantastic and we want to repay them with  lots of hard work.”

The Brewers go into Saturday’s game with some injury issues.

Apart from the long-term injury to Tom Hamer; Kwadwo Baah and John Brayford are doubts and Bez Lubala will be out of contention

Mills said: “We are managing KB with his hamstring and monitoring his minutes which is why he had to come off against Stevenage. John Brayford is a bit sore after we had to throw him in at the deep end last week and Bez Lubala will be out due to recovering from concussion.

“But we don’t see injuries as a weakness but rather a great opportunity for other players to step in and show what they can do.”


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