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Howarth: It Will Be A Battle

29 November 2013

Cheltenham Town assistant manager Neil Howarth is expecting a tough encounter at Roots Hall.

Robins assistant manager Neil Howarth speaking to the press ahead of the away game at Southend United (3pm):

Watch Neil Howarth's full press call on Robins Player here.

"We pretty much got everyone in we wanted and I think it was a good day (loan deadline) all round to be honest. We managed to get a couple of young lads out so they can get some first team experience and it has freed up a little bit of funding to bring in some quality players who really add competition to the squad.

"It is mad and there does seem to be more and more transfer deadlines throughout the season and we're always on the lookout for players. There tends to be a little rush on deadline day because you need to make sure all the bases are covered and the three e have brought in certainly do that.We haven't named the team yet but they aren't here to play in the reserves. They are here to make an impact on the first team squad and if they are in the team and keep their spots them that is brilliant but, if they're not, then it's because the other players are upping their game.

"We haven't scored in the last couple of games but we've certainly had the chances and those kinds of chances were going in earlier in the season. We have conceded far too many goals this season but I don't think there was too much wrong with the way we were defending. We talked about it as a group and we felt it was individual mistakes. We have cut those mistakes out and because we have done that we have looked far more solid. It's coincided with us not scoring over the last few games but we're not in a bad little run at the moment and if we make the chances like we have done in the last few games then I would be very surprised that at least one didn't go in next time around.

"Southend is a tough place to go and they are on a good run. I think they are a good experienced team at this level and they have players who know this level and they have got a chance of getting out the division this year. They have a very experienced manager, it's a tough place to go and it's going to be a real battle on Saturday."

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