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Abbott: We Need Results For Different Reasons To Them

20 March 2015

Greg Abbott sees no reason that Notts County can't get something from this weekend's Sky Bet League 1 game away to MK Dons...

Notts County Assistant Manager Greg Abbott wants his players to focus on their own game and making sure that they are playing to the best of their ability rather than worrying about the situation the club currently finds itself in.

A disappointing run of results of late have seen Notts drop down the Sky Bet League 1 table and they face another stern test when they travel to MK Dons this weekend.

However, Abbott feels that his side need to focus on their own game and not look for excuses as they look to turn things around over the final weeks of the campaign, regardless of who they are coming up against.

“I think things in football clubs are always difficult when you’re not winning games,” Abbott explained. “Everything’s rosy and everything’s easy when you’re getting results. 

“They’re no more different than they were when we were winning, but they’re just being highlighted that there are difficulties because results aren’t great. 

“So, we have to use no excuses, we have to make sure results improve and all of a sudden you’ll find that most things in the garden will improve, so that’s where we are at the moment,” he added.

“Players have just got to go out there, train hard, prepare right and win football games and we haven’t been doing that of late, so that’s the job that they have to concentrate on.

“I don’t want to give them too much to do because they’ve got the pressure of going over the white line and getting results and that’s what they’ve got to focus on over the next six to seven weeks.”

Focusing on the task in hand ahead of the trip to stadiummk on Saturday, Abbott acknowledges that it will be a tough game, but knows that his side just have to get the basics right to start seeing improved results and feels there is no reason why that shouldn’t start this weekend.

“We’ve got our own issues, we need results for different reasons to them,” he continued. “They’ve had a good result on Tuesday night, but they’ve proved that they’re beatable.

“We’ve got to perform and defend better than what we have and take our chances at the right times in games. They’re really the case scenarios; we haven’t defended as we did at the start of the season and we haven’t put the ball in the net as often as we need to do to win games.

“It’s pretty simple, pretty straightforward, but we haven’t been doing that of late and that’s why we’ve ended up in the situation that we’re in at the minute, needing a win very, very quickly.”

Subscribers can watch the full pre-match media session with Greg Abbott on Magpie Player.

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