Martin O'Connor: "Put a Bit of Pride Back into the Shirt"

Interim manager Martin O'Connor has spoken ahead of this afternoon's League One clash with Accrington Stanley and called upon his squad to show that they are willing to put up a fight as they enter their final five games of the season two points off safety and with plenty of work ahead of them.
O'Connor, who is at the helm following last weekend's sacking of Dean Keates, believes his team must begin to show pride in the shirt and show that they are willing to put it all on the line for the cause if they are to end a run of form which has seen them defeated on each of their last five outings.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Martin said; "We have to put a bit of pride back into the shirt and into the club. We have to show people that we are fighting, that we are not prepared to just accept the situation we are in.

"We have to show we are going to scrap and fight and do our best. I think everyone who knows me, knows what I am like. I want to win. And the fans, who have stuck by us, we have to give them something back.

"We have to go out and play. Not good football, proud football. We have to show some passion, some aggression, some energy and ability. And I think if you do that you will get your rewards. Hopefully, that will be the case at 5pm on Saturday."

Skip then went on to discuss this weekend's opponents, insisting John Coleman's side will provide a tough test, especially after their midweek defeat to Rochdale, which saw former Walsall trialist Olive Rathbone grab an all-important goal for the Dale.

Martin added; "They are hard working and they will be a wounded animal after that loss. They are competitive, aggressive, calm – all the things you want from a team that are down there.

"If we aren’t at it, we won’t get anything from the game. I have been in the game a while now and you know what is required. And I’ve told the players in no uncertain terms what’s required between now and the end of the season."
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