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Staying on the sidelines

6 January 2017

Alan Smith says he won't name himself in the team to face Morecambe tomorrow.

The caretaker manager, who normally occupies the role of player/coach at Meadow Lane, is eligible to play this weekend but has other ideas.

He said: "I'm not going to play - I'm going to watch and try to help the lads as much as possible.

"The main thing is to build confidence and instil some belief that they can get a result because there's no reason why we can't.

"With the timescale we've got, I don't think we can try and reinvent a new way of playing.

"We're going to go there and try to perform as best we possibly can with commitment, passion and everything else you'd expect from your team."

Smith revealed that Vadaine Oliver has played his last game for the club, with personal matters leaving him unavailable for the final match of his loan spell.

But the temporary boss is convinced he will be able to field a team strong enough to achieve a positive result this weekend.

He said: "Every football game's difficult, we understand that, but they're made harder and harder the more bad results you have. Unfortunately, we've had bad results recently and confidence is low.

"We've got to pick them up because we've got good players who have played Championship/League One football for most of their career.

"They've got to have belief and the attitude that we can go out and win a game.

"Hand on heart, I think we've got players good enough to get results."

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