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Pressley: We're capable of extending our run on Saturday

14 January 2016

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The Cod Army have enjoyed a positive start to 2016

Steven Pressley insists his main focus this weekend when Town visit Rochdale is that his side continue to maintain their recent positive performances.

Town visit Spotland knowing a win would move them away from the lower echelons of the league and close the gap on the teams in mid-table.

The Cod Army have started 2016 impressively after picking up a win over Bury at the start of the year, and drawing the JPT Northern Area final first leg against Barnsley last weekend.

Pressley admits the game in Greater Manchester on Saturday will be a tough test, however believes his side are capable of extending their run.

He said: “Every game in this division is a tough one and I really mean that. Rochdale will be no different on Saturday afternoon.

“They’re a team who like to play wide and get crosses into the box. They’re a big threat from crosses and carry good physicality.

“Firstly we have to be ready to stop those crosses, and secondly we have to defend crosses with our lives. In that aspect it’s going to be a real challenge.

“They’re a team that in recent weeks have been slightly inconsistent, but have a manager who has done an incredible job there.

“People sometimes forget that they’re a team who aren’t working with a great resource, and he in his time there has got them punching above their weight.

“He deserves credit for that and is a manager who always wants to play football, and is keen to encourage that in his team.

“They played brilliantly against Walsall recently and I’ve watched the DVD from that game, and I also watched last week’s performance against Chesterfield.

“Make no mistake about it it’ll be a difficult test for us, but my focus is on us and how we can continue to improve and maintain the performances we’re giving.”

And the manager stressed the need of adding additions to his squad as the Cod Army prepare for a busy period of fixtures over the coming weeks.

“We’re running very thin on the ground just now and there’s no doubt about it. We trained extremely hard on Tuesday but today we’ve taken the foot off the accelerator.

“We have some concerns going into a really busy period, so we’re trying to bring bodies in and are working on doing so.

“It’s a necessity that we do so very soon because there’s so many games coming up in such a short period of time.

“The group just now are giving me everything that they possibly can. The data after the Barnsley game was through the roof.

“So in terms of what they’re giving me and the Club at this moment in time is fantastic, but we definitely do need some help.

“We need several bodies in the building soon to take away some of the stress on the players.”

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