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Thursday 11th March 2010

DURHAM WILL LOOK TO GET OUT OF GAOL

Margy writes

FC United take on bottom side Durham City this Saturday looking to get their promotion push back on track following the 3-0 defeat at Buxton last weekend. However Durham will be looking forward to their visit to a football league ground and hoping for inspiration to gain their first points of the season.

Margy was disappointed with the performance at Buxton. "There was a complete lack of fight from our players and I feel like apologising to the supporters who travelled down. The support was fantastic and we didn't reward it. Of course Buxton have been in good form and claimed a few decent results of late, beating Kendal for one, but thatís no excuse for our showing. Iím hoping, well more than hoping, expecting, that it was little more than a blip and that the players will show that on Saturday. None of them played to the level that we expect from them and I for one was devastated with the result. From what I've seen you can be confident that they were too and, given what theyíve shown in training since, they're all determined to put it right against Durham.

"We'll give Durham a good welcome after making the journey to the north-east ourselves what seems only a few weeks ago. Theyíve had a very tough season and will be eager to get their first points on the board with a result here today so we'll have to be right up for it and not think the points are in the bag simply on account of their record thus far. We all thought we didn't perform at our best when winning up at their place on what was a difficult surface and hopefully we'll show that.

"We've had a number of good results since January and it's now how we react which will show whether we're a side which should be up there challenging for a play-off spot come the end of the season. We've certainly got lot of big games coming up against tough opposition and every single fixture that's left is effectively a cup final for us. In many ways itís a similar situation to last year after we lost at Matlock in March. Many people thought that had extinguished any hope we had of promotion but we still took it to the last day after going to some really tough places like Ilkeston and Marine and coming away with the points. If we can get another run going like the one we've just had then we'll go flying up the table again.

"There's loads of football left to be played and if we play to our level then those at the top won't want to be playing us, as we know on our day we can beat anybody. Weíve got some good players at the club and you can be sure that they'll be giving it their all. Of the new lads who've come in recently, Mark Ayres went off on Saturday with concussion but he should be fine today. Angelos Tsiaklis has come on as substitute in the last couple of game and has looked sharp, showing some good flashes of skill and we'll be looking to get him involved more. Meanwhile Adriano Rigoglioso has got great quality. He was unlucky with his sending off against Frickley and subsequent ban and just needs games really, which I'm sure he'll get in the coming weeks."

FC United V Durham City, Gigg Lane, Saturday 13th March, kick off 3.00 pm. Get yourself to that football ground.

• This thing of ours: Well, quite.

Big games coming

No disrespect to Durham City this Saturday, but United must have one eye on the three games that follow Saturday's fixture, which will undoubtedly define where United's season goes from here.

Firstly there's a tricky away trip to Matlock Town on Tuesday evening; where United were beaten 2-1 last season, before two big home games against Hucknall Town and then Bradford Park Avenue.

In season's gone by Gigg Lane has been somewhat of a fortress for Untied, with not many teams coming away with much over our first four season's, but something has been missing a little this season as United have won only six of their thirteen home games, for those without thirteen fingers itís less than half.

It's up to us as supporters to build an atmosphere, get behind the team and most importantly make Gigg Lane an intimidating place for the opposition to visit. These games are as good as must win if United have any lingering hopes of play-offs at the end of the season and the supporter has a role to play in these games.

Get your coat on, wrap up and become the twelfth man and sing your hearts out for the lads.

CP

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