Blackwell Aware Fans Want Good Performance
Manager Kevin Blackwell has talked about a number of things ahead of the derby game against Rochdale.
Speaking to the Official Site the gaffer firstly looked back at the Port Vale performance, where Bury unfortunately lost 2-1 so we didn't progress through to the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, but Blackwell thought it was a spirited game that showed lots of promise, and that we were very unfortunate to lose.
'It was an outstanding performance, once again we came away with our opposition's fans and board saying that they felt as though they owed us an apology.'
Blackwell said there were a number of positives he could take from the game, especially following our earlier performance and 4-1 victory over Cheltenham, meaning the only disappointment was that we didn't progress further in the competition - but even then at this stage of the rebuild of the club, he'll more than take the positives from the game as obviously setting a standard and performing in the league is of my importance to him.
He did comment the only thing that let us down in the game was that we weren't clinical enough in front of goal, but again really that's something that will come from sharpness, confidence and the like.
He also discussed the competition he now feels he has in the squad, and it's a subject that has been touched on before - especially in terms of last season where we struggled to fill the bench in games, but he now feels that he has adequate cover in all the positions on the pitch and he doesn't feel that when we lose somebody to injury or suspension it'll be a step back anymore. They'll still be a loss, but he now knows it's an opportunity for somebody else to come and show the missing colleague isn't as missed as first thought.
As for the Rochdale encounter, Blackwell wants us to build on our recent performances and come away with the right result, not only for the club, but also for the fans because he knows how much it means to them - especially in games like this.
'The local derby is the game from which our fans demand a good performance. Anybody that dismisses a local derby as just another game, isn't in the real world, this game isn't just another, in a local derby it doesn't matter who is going into the game in the best form or who is higher in the league, it's all on the desire and passion to do well in the game. The team who keep their heads and perform on the day will come out on top.'
Blackwell adds that the players who take to the pitch will be under no illusions as to what the next 90 minutes will mean for those in stands, and he's confident they will go out there and perform and give the fans something to cheer about.