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14 January 2013

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Boss on importance of victory at Telford

Town boss Paul Buckle is hoping his side can rekindle their form away from Kenilworth Road starting on Tuesday night at AFC Telford.

The Hatters head to the New Bucks Head – weather permitting – in search of a first league victory on the road since a 2-1 win at Forest Green on October 27.

And Buckle will tell his side to do whatever it takes to leave Shropshire with all three points in their quest for promotion in a busy second half of the season.

“We'll go there and dig in,” said the boss at his pre-match press conference. “We need to do whatever it takes to get over the line.

“It's a game in hand which is important. We're going to find that this second half of the season is going to go very quickly. It's all about winning from now on.

“Our away form had been brilliant but we let ourselves down at Woking. The key is consistency levels but we need to get back on track away from home.”

Telford go into the game having not won in 14 matches in the Blue Square Bet Premier following a 3-2 defeat at Braintree at the weekend – a statistic that Buckle did not want to hear.

“I'm going to shut my ears and close my eyes,” said the boss. “Telford are going to be up for it. Everything will go out of the window. We just need to concentrate on ourselves and if we play like we have of late we'll be okay.

“Football is all about confidence – it's the biggest part. What's good for me at the moment is that all the lads are confident and doing well. That's important as we enter the back straight. Now is the time for us to be really strong and have the right attitude.”

On the selection front the manager rated JJ O'Donnell as “touch and go” to make the squad as he continues his recovery from a broken nose sustained in the FA Cup win over Wolves.

Buckle also hopes to have striker Andre Gray fit after he showed signs of injury in the latter stages of Saturday's FA Trophy win over Skelmersdale.

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