05:00PM, Friday 09 March 2018
Maidenhead United travel to Gateshead tomorrow (Saturday) looking to exorcise the demons of one of their worst displays of the season.
United lacked their usual resilience and offensive resourcefulness in an insipid 3-0 home defeat to Steve Watson’s Gateshead back in November.
But Alan Devonshire is pretty confident they can’t play that badly again, and, ahead of their trip to the International Stadium on Saturday, he said he felt his side owed Gateshead some retribution.
“Yeah, we were poor on that day,” he said. “I bet they couldn’t believe their luck.
“It’s going to be a tough game but I know that we can’t play as badly as that again.”
The squad wasn’t able to train much last week, because of the big freeze which gripped the country, and, after a couple of weeks of inactivity Devonshire is keen for the side to get their galling last-gasp defeat to Macclesfield Town out of their system.
After Saturday’s long trip to Gateshead they visit promotion challenging Boreham Wood on Tuesday in what’s shaping up to be another very tricky week.
“We’ve now got the Boreham game on Tuesday, so that will come after our long journey to Gateshead,” said Devonshire.
“We’ll just do what we need to do. I don’t look at that (Gatehead’s involvement in the FA Trophy this week), it’s about what we can do.
“They were one of the best sides we’ve played this season to be fair to them. But we definitely owe them one, because that was one of our worst performances this season,” he added.
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