Date: 29th September 2015 at 2:47pm
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Manager Mark Robins, Gary McSheffrey and loanee Joe Lolley have all given their thoughts ahead of tonight’s encounter against Walsall.

With recent disappointment from the Southend United loss at the weekend, Robins told the Official Site that he was after a reaction and he wanted the players to remain calm but take responsibility for their performances to help get us on a run of positive results.

‘Training has been as good as it normally is. We`ve looked at what we need to do against Walsall. They`re a good side and are playing full of confidence at the minute and are in second place in the division. It will be an important and interesting game. Last time we were at home (Coventry) we won and last time out (Southend) we lost and should have done better. We know we need to improve, but we`ve certainly done better at home and again we are talking about mindsets and taking different decisions at certain points of the game.’

Robins went on to say that the goals we are conceding are ‘very preventable’ but it’s about players tracking their man and not switching off and that was a conversational focus on Sunday.

‘We`ve got a good chance against Walsall and we`re going out to try and get three points. We`ve got a couple of home games coming up where we`re hoping to try and maximise the points and then we can take confidence out of this moving to our next away game and then try and create a bit of momentum. It`s always good to get another game to put a defeat behind you. We`ve got a challenge on our hands because we have underperformed and underachieved and we are better than we have shown. We should be on more points than we are with the performances that we have delivered; but we are not – so we need to take responsibility, be positive and get on that run.’

As for McSheffrey, his message was very much ‘go and do it’ as we’ve had plenty of talk following disappointing results this year.

‘It’s disappointing again to get a defeat. I think we started the game well and got into a good position. We were unlucky not to go two up. Paddy Madden’s hit the post and then a few basic errors has cost us the game again. The game was there for the taking, in the opening quarter I felt we were in cruise control a little bit. They`re the times of games where you have to get at them and go two or three goals up.’

Adding that these are the errors we simply need to cut out as we have to hold on to games or kill them off, and if we did that we’d be in a much healthier position points wise already so far this season.

‘If we can nip that in the bud, we’ve seen that we score goals wherever we go and at home, we can turn those defeats into draws or wins. We know we’re capable of it, we know what we’ve done wrong. But it’s no good talking about it, we’ve got to go and do it.’

Finally our Huddersfield loanee was in front of the cameras and he was very positive from what he’d seen so far that we could get a result against Walsall.

‘It was good to finally get on the pitch and get some minutes but obviously a frustrating result, especially when we took the lead in the first half. After our first it became a bit of a scrap and that`s what they do best. It`s hard to point a finger on where it went wrong. Personally, I thought I could have done better for the first goal. I think as a team we should have kept passing the ball, keeping it and controlling the game a lot better.’

With the chances we created in the game though that’s what gives him confidence of improvement for the side – we just need to take more of them.

‘Both teams had their chances and it`s just one of those where it could have gone either way. Chances taken, or slips or a moment of magic – unfortunately it was them who nicked it.’

As for Walsall more specifically.

‘They`re a good team and they`re doing well at the moment so it`s going to be a tough game, like any game. We`ve got to make sure we are defensively in shape and keep the ball a bit better, then hopefully we can come out with a better result. Hopefully I can get more minutes, start scoring goals and create some goals for the team and push us up the league.’

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