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Howarth: Still Work To Do

3 October 2013

Neil Howarth admits the win over Wimbledon has boosted confidence but he believes there is still much work to do.

Assistant manager Neil Howarth speaking ahead of this weekend's away trip to Scunthorpe United:

"The players have certainly been livelier this week but to be fair to them they have been all season. There is something that results instill in players and they are certainly more confident from picking up wins. I think you could see in the first 20 minutes of the Wimbledon game that one team was nervous and scared of making mistakes but the other team who are at the right end of the table who are playing well and used to playing well. For 20 minutes against Wimbledon I think you could see the main difference between the teams was the confidence but the minute they got into the game we kept on improving. The goal and the fact we got three points really gives us a boost.

"We're certainly not going to say that's all our problems solved. You still have to work at things prepare properly, watch the game back to see what you did do well and what you didn't quite do so well. Confidence is a big word and hopefully we have had a boost in that department but there's still plenty of work to be done in areas.

"Jason Taylor has been involved in both league victories and both clean sheets. He's a good talker, communicator and a good organiser. I'm a big fan of Jason and we all are having brought him to the club and he's disappointed not to have started as many as he would have liked but he certainly did well in the couple of games he has started.

"It's a different game going up to Scunthorpe because they have an excellent home record, they're a big club and they have a lot of good players who are experienced and have played higher. It's certainly a tough place to go but we're getting bodies back and the group looks a lot stronger.

"On paper we are looking a lot better just having Jamie (Cureton) and Troy (Brown) back. Craig (Braham-Barrett) is chomping ta the bit to get back but he's had a very nasty ankle injury and we'll just have to make sure he is ready

"Scunthorpe are steady and it's difficult after a relegation but they are a big club at League Two level and perhaps people automatically think they will do well because of that. It's difficult after relegation and you can't just automatically bounce back and pick up results because you need to work at it. They are going quite well and I certainly think they'll be up there or thereabouts but I think they will be at least in the playoffs come May. It will be a tough task.

"In the next few weeks, after 4 or 5 games, if we can go on a little unbeaten run and pick some points up then we can probably look at the league table and think that's where we want to be but it doesn't just happen after just one win. Hopefully we are up and running and the lads have been in a good place but we certainly don't want to take a step back."

Interviews with Neil Howarth and Matt Richards will be available in full on Robins Player shortly. Clips of their interviews will also be available on YouTube.

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