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Sol: "The Main Thing For Me Is Character"

4 March 2019

Sol insisted that the team must improve and remain focussed on the task in hand after Saturday's defeat; as we go into a crucial week that sees us play at home twice as we look to continue our fight to remain in Sky Bet League Two.

The Manager maintained that we are in the thick of a dog fight and called on the players to step up and show character when called upon for the rest of the campaign.

“We have got two home games, they are hard games for sure, but the main thing for me is character.

“This is the time when you show who are as a human being and as a football player. Some of the more experienced players have got to start stepping up and really, really apply themselves and want it.

“I have been in this position before and you have got to really want it. Hopefully we can do that, and I expect that to happen. Fighting for every single inch on the pitch.

“That is the only way we are going to get out of this. We have got to start doing this, really as a team, together.”

“We got into key positions, but we didn’t deliver. The balls we put into the danger zone to test the keeper were either too high, too close to the goal, not taking another touch... We got into really key positions, but without the right delivery we can’t give our forwards or anyone in the box a chance.

“At half time it was only 1-0 so I thought we could do something, but they are a solid side.

“We huffed and puffed and had a couple of shots here and there, but the main thing is that when we were in the key positions in and around the goal, we didn’t deliver and that is the most important thing because then we have got an opportunity to make something can happen, anything can happen.”

The second Bury goal came courtesy of a penalty, but Sol did not have much of a qualm with the referees’ decision.

“Once you turn like that and your arms are up, you run the risk of conceding a penalty.

“We have given a penalty away because when we just have to turn our back, when you are running back with your arms up and you are running the risk of something happening.

“And then at the end, we were not switched on. That is the most disappointing thing for me because it could come down to goal difference.

“So, if you are going to lose, then lose 1-0, don’t fold because then it can be two or three at the end.

“That’s what I am really disappointed in because the lads have really worked hard; Bury are a solid side, at home, they are riding high.

“We knew the task was going to be difficult, but we have made it a little bit easier for them because yes, they have scored one but then we have given a penalty away and then not been switched on at the end for the free kick.”

Despite the disappointment, Sol continued to say that now is the time to pull together, and for everyone at the club to do their part through to the end of the campaign.

“For us, the main thing is that we have just got to keep it going. We were seven points adrift, now we are right in the midst of it and in the mix, so we have got to really realise that we are in a dog fight and the players have to realise that.

“We have big, big games coming up now and we have got to show character. This is a time where we have got to show character now, and all I want is players on the pitch with character who are really going to fight tooth and nail for the team, for themselves, for the club.

“That is what I am looking for. The real characters to step up in the final games.”

Sol continued to thank the fans for your continued support and apologised that we could not get a result on the day.

“I am just glad that they have turned up and supported the team. We are just so sorry that we couldn’t really get the result that we need.

“Obviously, we need the results more than Bury, we just have to keep on fighting but thank you to the fans for turning up because we will need them day after day for the rest of the season, for sure.

Sol was eager to see an improvement in the coming weeks and called for everyone at the club to do their part through to the end.

“The main thing is that we have to go away, take stock, and go again. When we have got guys in key positions, we have to give them the chance to score or cause something. We have got to start doing something. We were in key positions, but we didn’t really deliver.

“I think we just have to go in, work hard, pick ourselves up again."

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