United start the build up to Saturday
United take on Mansfield Town on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways after defeats on the road at Accrington and Burton. The U’s take on the Stags at the Kassam Stadium and the players are more than aware what is at stake as the season enters the last 15 games.
“There’s no hiding it, we know we’re in a scrap but I’m in no doubt we’ll pull away from it because we’ve got the players to do that,” right-back George Baldock said after the Burton game. “We need to work hard and dig in and start picking up some wins, starting Saturday against Mansfield.”
Baldock, impressive on his debut after signing on loan from MK Dons, is looking forward to his first home start and believes that home advantage and a raucous home crowd can roar the U’s on to victory.
“I’m hoping they come out on Saturday and get behind the boys because we’re going to need them to be the 12th man, so to speak. But I’ve seen enough quality in the team to carry us over the line; it’s just proving it and getting those wins.”
Midfielder Andy Whing is just as fired up for the game as Baldock:
“I can assure everyone that we are well aware of where we are and what a scrap we are in,” he said. “There is nobody here looking above our station; we know that we are four points off the relegation places and we know that there are a few teams around us picking up results at the minute.
“We can’t influence what happens at other clubs but there is a definite realisation that we are going to have to work harder than ever to get ourselves away from where we are right now.”
“We work very hard and training is always very intense and very good, but we haven’t taken that on to the pitch enough times this season and have to put it right. These are all massive games now, all of these last 15. The Gaffer mentioned the other day about the big games we have coming up at home and he’s right. The fans here are brilliant but we need them to get behind us even more than ever.”
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