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30 October 2015

Teddy Sheringham says that over the course of the last four games the team have made progress from where they were a month ago.

One improvement is that Boro are finding the net on a more regular basis having gone through a lean spell earlier in the month but the gaffer says the process of improvement never ends.

“You try to put things right. I am sure you could come up with other statistics that we haven’t put right and that would be conceding goals in the second half.

“We are trying hard to erase things, trying hard to make things better and trying hard to put things right all over the place.

“It is no good sorting one thing out and not sorting out something else so it is a wicked circle that keeps coming around. We have emphasised again this morning what we have to do to win the game on Saturday and that is doing everything right.”

The gaffer spoke highly of Michael Appleton and his side and says it is 'a massive game for us'.

“I have seen Oxford and I have been very impressed with them. I know all about Michael Appleton and what he does with his football teams and I have been very impressed with him.

“This is a massive game for us and a real test. If we are not on full throttle then we will come un-stuck. Like pretty much every game in League 2 – we have to be at our best to get something out of it.”

Although not ready to play tomorrow, Adam Marriott has completed his first full week of training since injuring his knee last January and the manager believes his return is a big boost to the team.

“He has only been back a week for proper training but he looks sharp and knows where the goal is. As I said in my programme notes, I am delighted to have him back and around the first team squad.

“He has been out a very long time so we will have to be very cautious with him. To see him in training out there, scoring a couple of goals the way he has done is very good news for us.”

Finally, Armand Gnanduillet’s loan expires after Saturday’s game and Teddy says he is pleased with his contribution thus far.

“He is exactly what we need for where we were a month ago. Without being fantastic, I think he has come in and given us a real lift.

“He is a little bit disappointed in his displays which is great news for us as he knows there is more to come and hopefully there will be.”

And will we be trying to retain his services?

“I certainly hope so.”

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