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Maguire: We need to keep our concentration

Stanley's left-back looks ahead to this weekend's clash with AFC Wimbledon

16 August 2019

Accrington Stanley left-back Joe Maguire admits that the squad know how vital it is that they come away with something from Saturday's game against AFC Wimbledon, and that something as simple as keeping their concentration could be the difference.

Maguire, who is one of the 12 new additions at the club, has started in both games so far this season and he emphasised that the squad are getting the majority of things right, but that there are certain little aspects that need improving in Saturday's game.

"We've not had an ideal start, but it was promising against Sunderland for the majority of the game, so Wimbledon is a massive game and we need three points there.

"In the Lincoln game, it was a penalty and a set-piece, and in the Sunderland game their last two goals came in the last 10 minutes when both teams were going for it.

"I think we've been quite solid, just in certain areas we need to keep our concentration, that's the margins in this league and as far as progressing."

Including Tuesday's defeat to Sunderland, Stanley will now play four games in 12 days and Maguire feels that it's important to get the first win as early as possible in order to build some momentum and go on a winning run.

"It's vital, it's about getting our season underway now.

"The squad is set now and this is what it is, so we need to get these three points to get our season going.

"I think we're close, Lincoln was an even game and we were quite dominant in the Sunderland game, I think we're very close to getting the full package."

Maguire, who joined from Fleetwood Town, also spoke of how much he is enjoying his time at the Wham Stadium and that everyone around the club has the same mentality.

"I'm thoroughly enjoying it, now it's more focused on getting the points and getting the wins.

"I've gelled with everybody here, it's hard to say anyone more than others, I get on with everyone and it's a really tight group.

"I think everyone's in the same boat and everyone has got the same mentality here."

Stanley manager John Coleman brought in two left-backs during the summer, Maguire and Zaine Francis-Angol, and the former feels that it's crucial for each of them to be pushing each other to ensure that performance levels remain as high as they can be.

"Every club has competition, every club needs it to keep the training standards high and performances high.

"Whether he gets in the team and I'll be pushing him, or either I'm in the team and he's pushing me.

"I think the main thing is that whoever gets picked on a Saturday plays well for the team performance, and this helps by being pushed by their competitors.

"I want him to be pushing me to my limit."


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