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29 February 2024

Club News


29 February 2024

MARTIN Paterson wants his team to move on quickly from the Carlisle home defeat and to refocus on catching the teams above them.

The Brewers travel to Cheltenham Town on Saturday looking to make it three away wins in a row.

The Albion manager said: “We can still get lots of points and can have that mentality of catching teams ahead of us.

“If you look at a block of four games, we have won two and lost two so it’s important to see the positives. Games are unpredictable and in both the last two home games we should have scored but the opposition went ahead against the run of play. It’s about sticking to the process but also understanding there are still improvements we need to make and it’s a work in progress.

“We are quite clear in terms of what needs to improve. I work on honesty and self-reflection as well, not just the players.

“Myself, the players, the staff – we all looked at one another and asked what can we improve as that wasn’t good enough on Tuesday. Then we move forward really quickly, as we have a very difficult game coming up away from home.

“We had an interactive meeting this morning where the players got to say what they feel about the game and how they think we can improve. It’s always more powerful when you let players speak and have some accountability about what they do. It’s also about protecting them, letting them know I still believe in them to the ultimate degree."

Paterson has still had only seven games so far to work with the squad but he understands that time is a luxury at this point of the season.

“I’m very honest and I have to get results – it’s as simple as that. When I took the job I said that it wasn’t going to be easy or smooth and that there would be bumps along the road and this is a bump. Do we start listening to the negativity? Do we start doubting? No. We double down on the positives, on the processes and what I believe in and I believe in these young footballers and my job is to get the best out of them

“We have to get it right, but leadership isn’t given to people willy nilly. There is a reason I’m here. I’m here to help these players develop but ultimately, I know that the supporters have the right to say ‘that’s not good enough’. I fully accept it and half agree in certain moments, but we will get it right that’s for sure.”

Cheltenham are still in the relegation zone but after a poor start to the seasons are much improved.

Paterson said: “We respect everyone and there’s a humility here. We are not overlooking them nor thinking it will be easy as they have picked up form under a really good manager. It’s for us to continue our progression as a team and to come away with points."

Mason Bennett may well miss the trip to Cheltenham after coming off against Carlisle and Jasper Moon and Sam Hughes need more time before they are ready for inclusion in the matchday squad.

Paterson said: “Mason is having another assessment today, but he will be a big miss. He has been a valuable member of the group while I have been here but it’s an opportunity for others to seize the chance if he can’t play. Sam, we are still monitoring his injury and making sure he is 100 per cent before we see him back on the grass. Jasper’s knee is not long term but it will be another week or so.”

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