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SMITH: MOMENTUM IS KEY

28 September 2012

Boro Player spoke to Gary Smith ahead of his side’s game with Bury on Saturday and he is looking forward to the return to the Lamex.

Speaking about how his side have enjoyed a week without a fixture since the trip to Doncaster Rovers last Saturday, Smith said “They have looked in good spirits, we have had a week to try and get some of the soreness out of our legs after a tight schedule. We have played some tough games and we have had a bit of time to recover and really focus on some of the issues that we feel are going to propel us forwards.”

The manager takes his side into the game with an unbeaten league record this season, whilst our opponents find themselves bottom of the table without a victory. Gary admitted that momentum can be a big factor in results but also added that the confirmation that Kevin Blackwell has taken over as boss could see a change for the visitors.

“A new manger always gives the players, and in this case a group who have not started the best, the opportunity to try and impress. What you normally get is an extra 10-15% out of everyone. Guys are fighting for their places, they want to make a good impression on the new manager and this Bury side are a talented group, we saw it at the end of last year.”

Boro return to the Lamex for the tie and Gary sees the importance of the supporters in swinging the momentum his side’s way but said that the team and supporters will be working in tandem to create a winning environment.

“There is nothing better here than to start well and get in front and for the fans to get behind us. It is certainly our job to give the fans something to cheer about and I like to think the players have done that on many occasions this season. We always hope that the fans get behind us and give us as much support as possible because there are some moments in the game when things don’t go our way and we need the momentum from the crowd to lift us.”

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