Rod Stringer: "There's no revenge on my mind. At the end of the day, it's 3 points"

Rod Stringer: "There's no revenge on my mind. At the end of the day, it's 3 points"

By Chris Berry
1 March
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Rod Stringer previews the Clarets game versus Concord Rangers at the Melbourne Community Stadium on Saturday 2nd March (3pm KO).

There's no revenge on my mind. At the end of the day, it's 3 points.
Rod Stringer, Manager

C: Okay, Rod. We take on Concord Rangers at home this weekend, but before we go into that, did you find the mid-week friendly game away at Bishops Stortford beneficial for the squad in terms of match fitness?

R: "Yes, definitely. I thought it was a good game to be fair for a friendly. Obviously we have a good relationship with Bishops Stortford and they were kind enough to put the game on for us.

"I think it was a good exercise. We were very young at the end of it because we had a lot of youngsters on the pitch that have been training with us. When I look back at some of the minutes that [Nick's] put into the players, it will be beneficial.

"You have to respect those type of games and get the best out of it that you can and I felt that the boys did that very well. Okay, we won 2-0, but it's not about the result, it's about the performance and what the players get out of it."

C: Going onto Concord. We were at the end of a 3-0 defeat last time out in October; are you expecting a similar test from the Beach Boys again, is there maybe a slight twinge of revenge on your mind?

R: "There's no revenge on my mind. At the end of the day, it's 3 points.

"Obviously they've had a good season and we had no reason to moan when we got beat down there, we accepted that. We never started well and we never got going; you have to give credit to Concord on the night, but Saturday will be another game.

"They've had a very good season, I must say. It looks like the Club have been well backed this year and have shown its ambitions to try and get to the top end of the division, rather than fighting relegation.

"We know that if we don't show the respect, don't work hard enough and don't put our bodies on the line at times as well as try to play football, we know it will be a tough game.

"If there's ever a chance to reverse the fixture and reverse the result, then it'll be Saturday.

"We have some tough games coming up, obviously with Concord on Saturday then all of a sudden, we have Torquay United away on Tuesday. Hopefully we can get 6 points out of the two games. It'll be massive for us."

C: Which players do you think have stood out for Concord so far this season? Obviously they have Sam Beasant and Danny Green on their books.

R: "We know [Sam and Danny] are good lads and good players for this level. We had the experience of having both of them here last year.

"The one that stands out for me is the boy upfront, Alex Wall. When I watched him last year he was turning out for Hungerford Town and he looks like he's got his appetite back and got his fitness levels where they need to be.

"I remember the days back when he [Alex] played for Maidenhead and he was a decent player then, which got him a move to Luton Town, so he's the one who stands out for me. He's a big and strong centre-forward, obviously they have [Jack] Midson as well who is another one similar to Alex.

"They'll get plenty of balls into the box. We know that Danny Green can be dangerous on his day with free-kick's and if [Sam] Beasant has one of his better days, we know he can be a decent goalkeeper at times."

C: Last weekend's draw at Gloucester must have been frustrating, but it stretches our unbeaten run to 6 games in League & Cup. Does that please you?

R: "Without any defeats is very pleasing, but I was frustrated last week because I felt a little bit more in the right areas and the right times, we could have forced the win.

"I believe that Gloucester City have drawn 0-0 6 times at home this season, so teams don't find it easy to go there. That includes Torquay United and Bath City, maybe some people don't realise that.

"I don't think that the pitch really made it a game for fluid football and just in general, I was disappointed to drop two points.

"I didn't see them scoring all day; they basically had 10 outfield players behind the ball. I suppose I had to do that back in the day when I was managing in the Conference North and taking a very young side in Bishops Stortford to play really big and experienced teams.

"If we had matched them fire for fire, we would have got beat. We used to go to places like Halifax and sit behind the ball and hope that we'd nick something. The difference is I had Dwight Gayle upfront and Jordan Archer in goal.

"We had to do the same that Gloucester did, we just had to bank in, frustrate the opposition, see if we could get anything out of a set-piece and maybe have a bit of magic from a free-kick.

"Overall, I was disappointed that we didn't work their goal enough. I don't think their keeper had a lot to do, but I don't think Nathan [McDonald] had anything to do himself.

"Hopefully a good result on Saturday will put us in good stead for when we take on Torquay on Tuesday."

C: After Concord, we finally have our highly anticipated game away at Torquay on Tuesday night. How tough will it be to keep up a high level of performance in a short space of time between games?

R: "That's football. To be fair, Torquay have had to play on Saturday's & Tuesday's recently, I'm sure that could affect them.

"They had a wonderful result down at East Thurrock this week, which we know is not easy. They showed real Championship material in turning round a difficult game and getting a 2-1 victory to get the 3 points.

"I read an article on Gary Johnson that he gave his players a little bit of a volley at half-time and got a response out of them and they got a very good result. It was also a very good result for Woking away at Truro this week.

"We'll go down there and we'll enjoy it. The pressure is on them as it looks like it's gone back to being a two horse race again and we're sitting in and around the edges with the likes of Billericay and a few others.

"If we can go down there and get a result, then it could throw it back in our favour and give ourselves a chance to sustain a challenge.

"We've got to worry about Saturday first. Whatever happens on Saturday, we'll go to Torquay and it'll be an experience for us and it'll be one that we will enjoy. We want to make it a happy journey all the way there and all the way back."

C: Finally, do you have any messages for the fans over the next run-in of games?

R: "I think the fans have been tremendous to be fair. They've come out in their numbers, which is a big credit to what Luke [Owers], the Supporters' Club and Chris Whelpdale have been doing to try and get the schools to come to games. I think it's working.

"Stick with us. It's not always gonna be what they want to see and the results won't always be what they want. I think we've proved our worth since we've been at the Club and the fans know that we will try our best to try and get a couple of wins out of Concord and Torquay.

"It'll be nice to see plenty here on Saturday and whoever can get down there on Tuesday will be much appreciated."

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