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Continue the positivity

Cox says we're trying to put negativity behind us

27 December 2019

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Neil Cox says we need to build on the positivity around the club by continuing to produce on the pitch.

We visit Solihull Moors on Saturday looking for our fourth straight win in all competitions and our third of the festive period.

And, ahead of our final game of 2019, the assistant manager says the mood at Meadow Lane is completely different to earlier in the year and wants to see it maintained.

“There’s a good atmosphere among the whole staff at the club,” said Cox. “Everyone stuck together in the summer and helped each other out so we’re all working together now.

“There are good things coming and we’re trying to keep the negativity out by getting the fans onside and staying positive.

“The whole team is sticking together and working hard for each other – all 22 of them.

“We saw it in the dressing room after Maidenhead. Three of the lads who missed out were in there celebrating the win, and that’s what we want.”

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Ben Turner, Jim O’Brien and Regan Booty are all set to miss out with injuries once again, and Sean Shields’ tight hamstring might keep him sidelined, too.

And tasked with a second game in 48 hours, Cox knows changes might be necessary.

“The main thing is to get through Christmas with a fit squad so we’re asking the players to be honest with us about whether they can play,” he revealed.

“We trust them. They know it’s about the team and we have a group of lads that are all fighting for each other.

“There’s been chopping and changing but those who come in are all positive and want us to win games – that’s how it should be.

“It’s all about coming into a team that’s winning because it’s easier to play in those sides.”

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We’ll climb above Solihull in the Vanarama National League table with a victory, and Cox says it’s important we’re brave in possession against Tim Flowers' direct side.

“We know how they will play and they do a great job of it,” he said. “But we have to go there and play our way, which we have in the last two.

“Both sides will try to put the other under pressure and we’ll have to defend well, but we’ve got to be brave and play out from the back and through the thirds.

“There’s no point us sitting behind the ball – we’ll be going forwards and trying to win the game.

“We need to keep the positivity going. We’re going away from home and the away end's sold out, which is brilliant."

Please note - tickets for this match have sold out. Please don't travel without one.

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