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Sol: "We Have To Play To Win"

16 March 2019

Sol was in an optimistic mood ahead of today’s crucial clash against fellow relegation battlers Yeovil Town; and insisted the team will put everything on the line to get the three points in what could be a season defining game for us this afternoon.

The manager spoke of his frustration at having Tuesday’s tie against Exeter called off, but also saw it as a potential opportunity to close the gap when we will have an extra game on the rest of the league once the fixture is rescheduled next month.

“Yeah, there was obviously some frustration in the camp, but it is what it is.

"It was chucking it down with rain, so we just had to deal with it and get ready for the game; so, we were quite deflated but then you have to go again.

“It has given the guys a rest, but at the same time all of the other teams have played so it is good in one way but obviously bad in another.

“We have got to concentrate on Yeovil, that is the main thing now, and full steam ahead really.

“For us now, that Exeter game is a month away, it will probably benefit us in a funny way.

“I truly feel that it could make the difference to have that extra game in a months’ time, because by then it could be a totally different scenario.”

Looking ahead to the game this afternoon, Sol did not shy away from the magnitude of this fixture and the potential implications that the result could have on the rest of the season.

He maintained that the team will be ready to go out and do everything in their powers to play to win against a Yeovil side we overcame 1-0 at the Moss Rose in late November.

“There are positives and negatives, but the main thing for us now is that there is a huge game for us on Saturday and we have to be up for it and be ready.

“We must show all of our abilities and put our bodies on the line and go for the win.

“There is no doubt about it. We have to play to win.

“We have got to do everything in our powers to make that happen.

"It is the sharp end of the season now, the business end when it comes to us staying up, and we have to start on Saturday.”

Sol cited that Yeovil’s position in the table makes it a bigger game for us that it is for them; but refused to take anything for granted going into Saturday’s encounter.

“They are in a better position that us, so they can actually afford to lose.

“No-one wants to lose, but they can afford to lose but we need to win. That is the big difference.

“There will probably be a bit less pressure for us being away from home, but there are so many factors and permutations that it could be a tense game, but we need to get on top really.”

The manager was also keen to extend a special thank you to the fans making the trip to Yeovil this afternoon, praising your effort and commitment, and hopes to be able to reward this with a positive result this afternoon.

“All of the fans are so part of the club, and we truly appreciate all of the effort that they are putting in to go and watch the lads.

“We really appreciate their support and they are a big, big part of the club, thank you for supporting the lads.”

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