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Boss says it's time to repay fans for their support

21 September 2018

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Martin Allen says it's time to repay the fans for their support following a disappointing run of results.

There has been some activity in the transfer market this week with Jonathan Smith and Joshua Kayode arriving on loan from Stevenage and Rotherham Unietd respectively while Gozie Ugwu has joined Boreham Wood on loan until the end of the season.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game at home to Gateshead, Martin said: "We need to get better, which is why I have made these changes. We've got a good team now.

"I think the fans have been very patient and very supportive. I was expecting us to be right at the top, challenging all the way. I'm very disappointed because we've not got anywhere near enough points and the performances at times have been not good enough.

"We have been unlucky and every manager I talk to and says what a good team we are and at the end, we'll be there. I don't want to talk about the end, I want to talk about now and I want to get some action now, to repay the faith of the supporters and all those people who have paid for season tickets.

"I haven't got what I wanted and I haven't got what I expected, but I will get it."

When questioned about what he was looking for new midfielder Smith to do, Martin commented: "To break up play, tackle and compete, with fresh energy. He's ready to go and he'll play central midfield on Saturday. It's up to him now to do a good job for us."

On Kayode, Martin said: "He's only 17 but he's six foot three and he reminds me of Paolo Wanchope. he's got those long legs and he twists and turns with the ball.

"He moves really well with the ball. He's exciting and he's confident and care-free, with that swagger about him which I think we probably need in our team at the moment."

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