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Maguire: We've got to look in the mirror this week

Stanley defender Joe Maguire looks ahead to this Saturday's trip to face Portsmouth

9 March 2020

Accrington Stanley defender Joe Maguire insists that full focus is on this weekend's trip to Portsmouth as the Reds look to move a step closer to securing their Sky Bet League One status.

The Reds suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, and Maguire knows that it's crucial they secure a point or more from this weekend's trip to Fratton Park.

"We've got some tough games coming up, but we've got to ensure that all our focus is on this Saturday's game against Portsmouth.

"At this stage of the season, everyone has got their own situation and we're obviously looking to be safe as soon as possible.

"They'll be looking further up the table, and every game until now and the end of the season will be tough."

Stanley are currently 11 points ahead of the relegation zone, but the full-back admits that they need to improve their performances after only earning a point from their last two fixtures.

"We've got to look in the mirror this week, because we've played Bolton and Tranmere and only picked up one point.

"We can't really look at other results because they're out of our hands, and we've just got to pick up as many points as we can."

John Coleman's side were 4-1 winners over Pompey in December, but Maguire explains that the preparation and motivation has to remain the same for every upcoming opponent.

"It shouldn't be the case but you can see from this season that we generally play better against the bigger teams, whereas we have struggled against the teams around us.

"The games against the bigger teams do give you that automatic motivation, but that should be the case for every game you play."

The 24-year-old joined the Reds last summer and the Manchester-born defender hopes to cement his place in the team until the end of the season.

"On a personal note, the current season is my first at the club and I'll be doing all I can to remain in the team until the end of the campaign.

"This season has allowed me to get to terms of how the club works and I now know how the team plays and how the manager wants me to play."

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