Date: 21st November 2014 at 10:14pm
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Manager Chris Hargreaves has said we are ready for Gateshead and we will be looking to put our opening day defeat to them right when we meet this weekend.

Speaking to the Official Site the manager admitted, that as we had found out, they were a good side but he knows they have their weaknesses and it’s down to the players to exploit those and hopefully come out with the win.

‘They do have their frailties, Chester had a fantastic result against them last week and we’ve got to come up with a game plan that suits us. Our home form has been pretty good, we’ve only lost once so far and I’m been happy at home. We’ve excited the fans and the one game we did lose against Grimsby was a game we should’ve won.’

Hargreaves goes on to say that we are again looking good going forward and generally we haven’t struggled in the main for goals, but we have to cut out the errors at the back as conceding is our achilles heel at the moment and it has cost us games and points so far, so we have to stop being sloppy when going forward and getting caught on the break.

‘We just need some consistency and, if we can get that, we’ll be formidable.’

Speaking more about our defensive frailties in another interview the manager went on to explain.

‘You get these fluctuations in the season and we haven’t got 16 experienced pros that have been around the block and know everything about the game. You will get fluctuations in performance and form. I have to be a little bit concerned with goals conceded, but we’re working hard to stop this. You’re not going to get the perfect player but we’re trying to improve people, and in those games where we’ve conceded, we’ve had problems with suspension and injury.’

Again repeating that we need to do is be cleverer in attack so we don’t leave ourselves so open, but as ever it’s a learning curve for many of the players and they are under pressure to bounce back, but if we keep working hard and trying to improve, we should be smiling more often than we aren’t.

As for team news, the gaffer had praise for Krystian Pearce given his performances and patience in training whilst he was out of the side, and he knows he’s getting back to his best now but he doesn’t believe he is quite there yet saying ‘he’s done ok but he’s not reached his best yet’ but he will get there with more games.

Angus MacDonald is still rated as 50/50 but other than him we are nigh on at 100% in terms of possible selections.

He also confirmed that as soon as he can juggle the budgets, Durrell Berry will be offered a permanent deal and come off the non contract basis.