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Pre Match Thoughts: Adam Temple

24 March 2023


Pre Match Thoughts: Adam Temple

24 March 2023

Barrow assistant manager Adam Temple weighs in ahead of Barrow’s meeting with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The Bluebirds come into the Sky Bet League Two fixture after suffering a first defeat in 6 games last weekend at the hands of Harrogate Town.

“It’ll be a good game and it’s a good opportunity to play in front of fans and react to our disappointments from last weekend,” said assistant boss Temple.

“AFC Wimbledon are a side on a tricky run but they’re always in games, they’re a good side that play nice football, as we found out earlier in the season.

“In that game, we got the win but they put us under a lot of pressure in the second half and showed us a flavour of what they can be capable of.

Johnnie Jackson’s Wombles are bottom of the League Two form table after Crawley Town took all three points at Plough Lane last time out. Wimbledon will be looking to reignite their season and finish this campaign strongly with a victory at the SO Legal Stadium.

“We know they’re a good footballing side who like to play with the ball.

“They have some really exciting players at top end of pitch with good experience at the back, so we’ll need to be at our best.

“In a lot of ways, they’re a side that are very similar to us, they’ve had some really positive runs and some more tricky ones.”

Temple was disappointed with the result at Harrogate last weekend, as The Bluebirds suffered a 1-0 win to end a positive run of form.

“We are disappointed,” said the Bluebirds #2.

“The big thing we came away with was that it was a great experience, with the fans in such close proximity behind us. We could really feel that.

“Equally we felt so disappointed we couldn’t give the fans a really positive day out. That really overrides with the message this week.

“We want the fans to recreate that atmosphere tomorrow! Get right behind us, as you always do, and be loud for the boys. It really pushes them on in those tough periods.

“Between now and the end of the season, we want to keep building on the work we’ve done.

“We want to see the lads enjoying themselves.

“There’s always something to learn and take from every game, and we have the mantra of always wanting to better ourselves and keep moving towards where we want to go.

“We’ve come across a lot of hurdles, we now need to climb over this hurdle.”

In terms of team news ahead of the fixture, Billy Waters departed the Club earlier in the week for National League high-flyers Wrexham.

“It’s obviously disappointing to lose Bill. He’s a great lad and has made great contributions with his goals and effort on the pitch.

“That’s football. So, for us as a Club we got a fee and we take it and move on.

“His departure now gives more opportunities for other lads to step up and take the mantle.”

Barrow host AFC Wimbledon at the SO Legal Stadium on Saturday afternoon. You can buy your ticket for the fixture right here.

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