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4 September 2012

Boothroyd hints changes will be made

Aidy Boothroyd has said he will make changes to his team for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round tie against Milton Keynes Dons at Sixfields on Tuesday night.

"We are stretched to the limit at the moment and a lot of the lads are battered and bruised after the schedule and travelling we have had," he said. "But we get on with it. We learn the many lessons from Plymouth and we think a lot about what we need to do.

"In ther first 45 minutes on Saturday I thought we were well in control. In the second half we started very poorly and once we had taken a few slaps on the face we got back into it, created some good chances, hit the post and scored. We caused all of our own problems on Saturday, we gave Plymouth momentum, we conceded some poor goals but we did at least try and comeback. Despite all of our bad play in the second half we still could have won the game. But could have and should have are not enough, we need to make it happen. We have to be a lot more professional.

"We did everything we could to prepare as well as we could. Saturday should have been a victory for us but we gave the momentum away. We should have killed the game by scoring more goals, by being on the front foot, by asking questions of the opposition but straight from the kick off we gave them the chance to attack us. We were far too nice, far too soft. We didn't go for the throat.

"There are no excuses, we have got our schedule and we will get on with it. We will need to make changes with another game on Saturday and we won't put anyone at risk with another game coming up on Saturday. We have some knocks, bumps and bruises to sort out but we will pick the best side from who is available.

"Ishmel Demontagnac was excellent when he came on at Plymouth and he is in my thoughts for Tuesday night. He was a real bright spark and he was very direct and he was the main plus for us on Saturday. It has taken him a little while to settle but now might be his time to prove he can be a regular for us.

"Bayo had to come off with a back problem on Saturday but he is fine. He landed badly in a challenge and he was feeling it a bit so we had to be careful with him but he is fine now.”

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