THE BULLS are back on the road this weekend, although this
time we’re not clocking up the miles of recent excursions as we make our
first-ever visit to the Philips 66 Community Stadium, home of Leamington.
We head into the game on the back of a much-needed victory
at York City on Tuesday evening where we came from behind to take the points
courtesy of goals from Danny Greenslade – his second in as many games – and recent
loan arrival, James Waite, who certainly made an impact in his first outing for
The Cardiff City youngster entered the action at the start
of the second half and put in a lively display, which was rewarded with the
“We changed our shape at half-time and I was told to go on and try to change the game,” said Waite. “Thankfully I was able to help the team do that and get the three points.
“I just wanted to support the play, get shots off as often
as I could and basically get in and around the box and cause problems.”
The victory means that we sit just two points behind
Saturday’s hosts, who find themselves in 14th place in the table.
The Brakes tasted victory in the League for the first time
since November 20th in their last game as they ran out 3-0 winners
It ended a run of ten League games without a win, although
seven of those matches ended in draws.
At the helm is the popular Paul Holleran who is now in his
tenth season with the club, during which time he has guided them to this level
on two separate occasions. His side have won four of their 14 home League games
We last locked horns in August when The Bulls ran out 2-1
winners as we came from behind to take the points courtesy of Harry White’s
penalty and a late strike from Jamie Bird.
For Head Coach, Marc Richards, it is an opportunity for us to
build on Tuesday’s impressive second half showing at Bootham Crescent.
“I thought that our second half performance on Tuesday was
really good to see,” he said. “I know what this group of players are capable
of, and I think we saw that in the second half at York.
“I was also really pleased on Tuesday with the fitness of
the players. I thought in the second half we were quicker, stronger and kept
going for longer than our hosts. When you consider that we were up against a
full-time team I thought we finished the game much stronger.
“The lads have really put the hard work in over the past few
months; when I arrived we increased training and we introduced the Strength and
Conditioning sessions and I really think that the hard work is starting to bear
fruit in terms of our strength, stamina and general fitness.
“We’ve put some miles in on the road over the past three
away games, so Saturday will give us the chance to play a lot closer to home
than of late.
“We don’t want any complacency setting in; we’ve had a few
good performances on the road, but we must keep doing the basics right and keep
“We trained on Thursday evening, we’ll prepare as we always
do, we’ve got some big games coming up so we will need to be at our best.
“I know a few of the Leamington players, we know how they
like to play. We’ve watched them and will do all the usual preparation that
goes into every game, but the most important thing is how we perform on the day
“If you constantly look at the table, constantly worrying
about where we are then it will have an impact on you. I want the players to
focus on the process of each game, on their performance and controlling the
things that they can control.
“We can’t control what other teams do, but we can control
our own performance, and that’s the mindset I want the players to take with
them into matches.
“The travelling fans at York were tremendous, and that level
of noise from the stands and terraces really can have a positive effect on the
players out on the pitch. The fans should never underestimate how much they can
help the lads, and I thought that the players really responded well on Tuesday
“Looking ahead to Saturday, hopefully we’ll travel in
numbers and really get behind the lads.”
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