Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour on Wednesday 24th April 2019, as part of the build-up to the trip to Northampton Town.
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TS: Neale after that Easter Monday result and the draw against Colchester, what's the morale been like amongst the squad?
NM: Very good. I was coming out of the office after I saw the results, and I went down into the dressing room expecting a bit of desperation. But they were very happy about the way they played, I think.
TS: It was an improved performance, wasn't it?
NM: Definitely. We've looked at the running distances and the sprinting distances this morning and there's a massive difference.
TS: You said you looked at the other results. I'm assuming that's Macclesfield and Notts County. It seems at the moment that whatever happens with one of you, you all seem to match each other.
NM: Yes, no-one has been confronting each other, or telephoning each other, but it seems like it's been talked about! At the moment it's draws all the way, but we've got to get a win for our own sake.
TS: I know you say you can only concentrate on what you're doing, but Macclesfield need to drop points for you to go above them at the moment. So do you keep an eye on what they're up to, and what Notts County are up to?
NM: Not really, because nothing deters you. In the last two home games, I felt we should have got more points. One was on Monday and before that it was Crawley, and I think we would have been over the line by then. That wasn't to be, but I think that the performances have slowly got better. Even at Crewe although we went behind after five minutes, we did go toe-to-toe up until about the 55th minute. Then the red card happened and we lost a bit of it. But it was an improvement in the last two weeks.
TS: Is there some pressure playing at home, because the points are so needed with the big home crowd, and that maybe playing away there can be less pressure on the side?
NM: I think the way the players reacted, the atmosphere was fantastic. As soon as the first goal went in, you know as a footballer you're going to love that. I don't think there's a pressure wherever we play at the moment. Whether we're away or home, it's still that all games are big.
TS: Another big game then this weekend with Northampton Town away. What sort of threats are they going to pose to your side?
NM: Well again Paul always does the analysis before the game. We've looked at the way that they play. But I think that the way that we put ourselves out tactically, it's suited our play better. We've talked with the players and the players have given us feedback that they preferred it that we pull back behind the halfway line and basically stop them playing - give them bags of room where they can play around from the back, but a lot of centre-halves in this league don't like to have a lot of space.
TS: I know you're relatively new to Yeovil Town, but there's a few familiar faces at Northampton Town, to Yeovil fans and players, including Andy Williams who is their top goalscorer, and Sam Foley who is in midfield. These guys are going to be a big threat aren't they?
NM: They're definitely going to be motivated against us. I imagine as it's their old club, they're always going to be motivated. But we're looking at ourselves and we're not worrying about who is playing where and what is at Northampton. We've got to try and get a result and try to leapfrog over Macclesfield.
TS: How is the squad looking after the busy Easter weekend, fitness-wise?
NM: It's normal that when you get a result, somehow the players are all raring to go. So we've had the whole squad out there today, so there's not a problem apart from Gary Warren and Rhys Browne obviously.
TS: What is the update on Rhys Browne? He didn't look great on Monday and looked like he'd tweaked his hamstring again.
NM: Yes, both won't be taking part in the season anymore. We knew it would be a risk with Rhys Browne and we took the risk, and I feel sorry for the boy as he's going to be out for four or five weeks.
TS: You've got some decisions to make at the back then, in terms of selection.
NM: Yes, the right-back position is obviously available, or left-back if we decide where Tom James is going to play. But I think the rest is quite simple, and I think the boys know who is probably going to be starting.
TS: Ryan Seager came off in the Crewe game as well. Is there any update on him?
NM: Yes, Ryan Seager did a bit of a programme this morning (Wednesday) but he's not fit enough to get properly involved at the moment. But I believe that by Friday he should be available.
TS: Just finally, I know you spoke recently in an interview about the takeover, and telling the players that it's complete. Is there any update you can give us on that?
NM: No, I can't give you an update. You'd have to ask the guys that are responsible for it. I'm not worried about that at the moment. I'm just worried about us getting the results, and making sure that we stay in the Football League. That will all fall into place once everything is sorted.
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