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Pressley: We must go into Tuesday's game with a belief

19 October 2015

Town looking for second consecutive victory

Steven Pressley is hoping his players can take their performance from Saturday’s win over Burton Albion into Tuesday night’s clash away to Sheffield United.

Town picked up their first win under new manager Pressley in convincing fashion at the weekend, as they put four past the high-flying Brewers.

They now head to South Yorkshire for a midweek battle against Nigel Adkins’ side who sit sixth in the Sky Bet League One standings.

Pressley said: “We’ve been very easy on the players over the past couple of days. The players were in on Sunday for a recovery session and the other group had an intensive session.

“There’s a good feeling about the place after a good win at the weekend, but we know there’ll be a tough test for us on Tuesday night.

“One of the most important aspects is that we go there with a belief. If you’re intimidated by the surroundings and the club then it’ll have an adverse impact.

“We have a game plan though and we’ll try to execute that as best as we can. We have to believe in everything we do and be aggressive in our performance.

“I was watching Sheffield United until the early hours of Sunday morning and then watched them again during the day. We know what they are and what they possess.

“As I’ve said to the players the tactical element to the game is important and the winning of the game comes from the basics and the fundamentals of football.

“It was important we picked up a clean sheet having only had one in 14 previously, so I was pleased we didn’t concede any goals.”

Pressley paid tribute to Blades manager Adkins and appreciates his side are in for a tough test at Bramall Lane tomorrow evening.

“I think a part of appointing Nigel as their manager was because he has history of taking clubs up through the divisions.

“He’s proven that with three promotions on his record already, so knows what it takes to get out of this division and is a very experienced manager.

“The one thing that we do know is that he’ll have his team very organised and efficient, but I do genuinely believe if we carry out the fundamentals then we’ve got a good chance.

“They’re a club within this league that have without doubt the highest budget, and they’re a team who have a wealth of great players.

“That doesn’t mean though that on any given day we can’t beat them. The mentality from our players is vital when we go there.”

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