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23 March 2014

The manager can't wait to put Saturday's loss behind him and move on against Coventry...

Speaking after Saturday's cruel loss to MK Dons, Graham Westley admitted that the second half performance was one of trepidation and ultimately, it cost three points.

He told Boro Player, “We never really got going in the second half. We played apprehensively, we played on the back foot, we defended deep, we couldn’t get out of our half at times and we allowed them to pen us in. When we changed shape to try and pressurise the game players still got sucked deep and rather than take the game forward and play with positivity and momentum, we allowed the game to come on top of us.

“It shows the importance of capitalising on your ascendency. Uou can’t afford to take your foot off the gas.

“The game was there for the taking but we did show a little bit of timidity. We didn’t show that sense of wanting to control the game and if you give any side, especially a top end of the table side, an opportunity they’ll take it and they did - they seized it.

"Were obviously desperate to get back on the field of play."

With a big game against Coventry on the horizon, there's no time for the team to feel sorry for themselves.

“It’s a horrible feeling," he continued, "people go from one end of the spectrum to the other emotionally and it’s tough. But we’ve talked about that, we know that results today weren’t great for us, we know that the league table won’t look terrific tonight and we know we’ve got a job to do on Wednesday night that isn’t affected by the league table. It’s affected by us and the way we get ourselves together.

“It’s a winnable game and it’s another important 3 points. We went into today’s game needing to win four or five to be League One club next year and we come out of today’s game still needing another four or five, so we’ve got the opportunities to post the points that we need. It’s up to us to get ourselves together, build our confidence and get ready to do the job on Wednesday.”

To watch the full interview with GW, sign into your Boro Player account now, where there's also a post-match interview with Lucas Akins.

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