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7 February 2015

Boro’s 1-0 loss to Mansfield mean it’s now three losses in a row; a huge disappointment after showing such great form in the previous six games.

GW rues the recent disruption to his squad brought on by injuries, but he knows there’s no point in self-pity.

“Getting new young players into our habits and our ways in live game situations is difficult. We had them in Thursday and Friday and tried to instil some basic patterns but it feels a bit like pre-season to be honest with you. There are so many changes to the XI that we lose our organisation and pattern of play too often and it’s in those moments that you get punished.

“It’s really difficult. When you’re working with constant change you don’t look organised, you don’t get the level of fitness in the players and you don’t get that team spirit right. It’s a hard time. I said to the boys in there we mustn’t start feeling sorry for ourselves, we mustn’t start looking for excuses. We’ve got to show real mental strength now and pick ourselves up from where we are.”

Next up for Boro is a huge home clash with Bury on Tuesday night, The Shakers just four points ahead of us and in the play-off spaces. GW is under no illusions as to the difficulty of the fixture.

“It’s going to be a real tough encounter on Tuesday; we’re going to have to be a lot, lot better than we were today to get anything out of the game. So we know we’ve got a lot of work to do, we’ve got to get ourselves geared up now.”

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