Saturday, November 07, 2009

Rebels focus on promotion

Source: Manchester Evening News

Sam Williams

November 06, 2009
KARL Marginson says that FC United must now turn their attention fully to the main objective of their season - gaining promotion to the Blue Square North.

Despite their exploits in cup competitions, the Rebels have had an indifferent start to their Unibond Premier League campaign and sit in 17th place, albeit with games in hand on the sides around them.

However, Marginson believes that his side can kick-start their title challenge against Buxton at Gigg Lane tomorrow (3pm).

“The league is any team’s bread and butter and it’s paramount to us this season,” said Marginson.

“We have to focus on the league games coming up now, and the sooner we start climbing the table, the better,” he added.

Buxton are currently second-bottom of the league, but Marginson thinks that position doesn’t do John Reed’s side justice and is taking nothing for granted ahead of their clash.

“They’re in a similar situation to us, in that they’ve done well in the cup competition so they have games in hand in the league,” said the FC boss.

“Just as we believe that we’re in a false league position at the moment, Buxton probably think the same.

“They’re a good, experienced side who will put us under a lot of pressure,” he added.

Marginson does not feel that Wednesday’s hard-fought extra time victory over Lancaster will have any effect on his players’ fitness against Buxton, and he may also have Rob Nugent back as the defender recovers from a dead leg.

“The lads will have had the best part of three days off so they’ll be raring to go again,” said the manager.

“I think Rob might be available, but Dave Chadwick and Danny Warrender are both still struggling” he added.