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MARTIN: "PLAYERS WILL RESPOND"

13 October 2013

Martin says squad will put in strong performance against Preston following defeat on Saturday

Following the 2-0 defeat against Shrewsbury at Greenhous Meadow on Saturday, Martin revealed he would rather of attacked to try and gain victory rather than sit back and hope something went in his team’s favour.


With the score being 1-0 Martin brought on Myles Weston and Antonio German before introducing Bayo Akinfenwa immediately after the second goal, and he said defending and hoping for an equaliser isn’t something he contemplated.


He said: “I have never been like that; we had chances with 10 minutes to go. Cody was right on the line with Bayo’s one, that would have been 2-1 and you would always fancy us.


“I would rather do that than sit back than wait and hope. We might as well attack and all of the boys have been good in training and it’s difficult to know which ones to put on.


“I thought Charlie Allen was absolutely superb, he was all over the pitch – full of running and energy. He hasn’t played the last couple of games but he was full of power, pace and athleticism and he certainly played well.


“He [Jon Taylor] didn’t get any crosses in – when he did get beat he recovered with his pace, won his headers, had good distribution and I’m delighted with him.


“We didn’t want to change around the rest of the players – we wanted to keep the same formation and Charlie Lee has done particularly well on the left.


“He [Allen] has been very good in training and he’s probably been unlucky not to play in the starting 11.


"He was in a position he hasn’t played in before [right back] but he practised through the week, he did the extra training and he put in a good performance.”


Martin refused to criticise his players in any way, instead focusing on the positives that came out from the games against Crewe and MK Dons, and is hoping those standards can be found again for the match against Preston next weekend.


He added: “These players have done well in the last two matches and no doubt about it there will be a response next week.


“We listen to them and I have to make decisions about what work we do and how we do it.


"You have to remember we have just scored six goals in two games; we weren’t rubbish but we weren’t at the high standards that we have set ourselves and we will work together to improve it.


“It’s fine lines, those mad moments, Cody was half a yard from slipping one in from Bayo’s shot. Danny Kedwell hit the post in the first half and we do take the game to the opposition like we did at Crewe.”


For Martin’s immediate match reaction click here.


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