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Guthrie: "We are pulling together"

16 September 2019

Kurtis Guthrie has issued a passionate backing of Caretaker Manager Mark Sampson ahead of Tuesday's home clash with Northampton Town...

Guthrie scored twice in Saturday's 3-2 defeat against Carlisle United but had plenty of praise for the new interim Management Team.

"I think first and foremost we have had a positive week, during a difficult time for the football club. The boys have reacted very well, Mark and Revs have been outstanding. They have got us playing with a smile on our faces, you could see today at times that we couldn’t stop enjoying it. But today, I think we need to be a little bit more street wise and we got too sure things up.

"At home, I think if you score two you fancy yourself to win, but at the moment it’s not coming. Its no longer down to luck, we all know that we have to knuckle down and grow up a little bit, I think that’s the main thing.

"But as I have said, since the new managers has come in, the boys have done nothing but smile and they have got really behind us and put some real belief in us. I think at times today, for at least 60 minutes of that game you seen that, and it’s been a real pleasure to work with him this first week."

The search for a first league win is still ongoing for Boro, but with a fresh outlook on things under Caretaker Manager Mark Sampson, Guthrie says the squad remain positive and determined to put things right.

"At the moment my main focus is just getting them first three points. I think, obviously, we have got that monkey on our backs and we just need to get that off. Once that happens, we will keep rolling.

"We have got some fantastic senior players coming back into the team soon enough, and I think that will make a big difference. But at the moment, with the boys that we have got, we have got to dig in and take full responsibility to help the manager out as much as we can and obviously with Revs coming in. We want to give the fans three points more than anything, that’s what we want. We are going to keep working hard, going to keep smiling and going to get through this period."

Boro have the opportunity to do just that on Tuesday, when Northampton Town visit The Lamex Stadium for a 7:45pm kick-off. Guthrie says that it is time for the players to take responsibility and put an end to the win-less run.

"Obviously, the good thing is that we have got a game on Tuesday to put that right. If we can play with longer periods as well as we did today, we shouldn’t have a problem. It’s down to us as players, we got to take responsibilities, take it on the shoulders and go out there and put the performance in that we need too. 

"I can tell everyone now, that we are all pulling together, we are all lifting one another up. We understand these things happen in football. So now it is just about seeing what character is about. Who are you? It is time to stand up and be counted for, to take responsibility and to go out there and make sure you are the one to pull us through this. All of us are trying to be that person, and it takes time. But I am sure that we will be able to do it.

"The club has been fortunate to get hold of a very good manager, a very good manager. I can’t praise him enough. Revs on board, he knows the club very well. And we just want to reward him. He is keeping our spirits high. We need to reward him with points, and I am sure that will come on Tuesday."

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