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BACK TO BASICS - BUCKLE

8 February 2013

Town boss Paul Buckle is hoping his side can get back to doing the simple things right when they host promotion rivals Forest Green Rovers on Saturday.

The Hatters went down 1-0 at Barrow last Saturday but the manager knows his side are good enough to mount a serious title change despite that set-back.

“I think we’ve shown a lot of good football this season,” Buckle at his Thursday meeting with the media. “I think we’ve shown a lot of good fighting spirit as well.

“You don’t do what we’ve done in the cup and the league so far if you’re a poor team.

“We’re not a poor team, we’ve probably thought at times we need to do something special and we don’t.

“We don’t actually have to do something that special. We know we’ve got goals, I think we’ve averaged two goals a game.

“What we’ve got to do is keep clean sheets and the way you do that is by taking the pressure of yourself by doing the basics right.”

The team to catch at the top of the table at Grimsby, a team the Town have lost to twice this term, shipping seven goals in the games against the Mariners.

“I think they’re at the top because they are no nonsense at the back, they don’t give you a chance,” said Buckle.

“I think you have to work hard to get a goal and this is where we need to get to. This is what I’m pushing into the players now that they have actually got a licence in our defending third to clear your lines.

“It’s a big part of the game, it’s a big part as a defender to know that when it comes into your area you’ve got to get there first, you’ve got to get it away.”

The Town will be without defenders Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, who begins a three-match suspension, whilst Simon Ainge sustained a foot injury that required stitches while on duty for England C in 
midweek.

Buckle could give a debut to new signing Wayne Thomas, alongside fellow centre-half Steve McNulty who is in line to make his home bow.


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