Date: 16th January 2015 at 3:04pm
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Manager Chris Powell has talked about the work we have ahead of us, and his hopes for the January transfer window.

With impressive home form, he knows that it’s our away form letting us down so far this season and he doesn’t believe that results have always reflected our efforts on our travels so that’s something he wants us to address in the second half of the campaign.

Ideally starting with Middlesbrough this weekend.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, Powell explained.

‘The away form is the major question for us at this time, because we’ve been very good at home in the main. We’ve also shown an ability to bounce back from poor results at vital times, when questions are being asked. There’s still loads of work to do in the second half of the season and the away form is the main subject.’

Powell says that despite results, he feels we’ve been ‘in’ a lot of the games on our travels, so we have to start ensuring we get what we deserve from matches now and taking our opportunities when they come so we can go ahead in games and give ourselves something to hold on to.

‘Somehow, we need to add a bit more discipline and not be as open in our attacking away from home. We like playing quite an open style at home, but now we have to go to places like Middlesbrough and really give ourselves a foothold in the game by being a bit less expansive.’

Powell says that we know how difficult it is when teams come to us and shut up shop, and we need to start doing it to our hosts to balance out results more.

As for Boro more specifically, he says.

‘On Saturday we can’t let Middlesbrough get into their stride and stay there because they have some good players who will excel. We’ve got to do our best to control midfield.’

Finishing the football chat he says he wants to keep looking up the table and not down, and he knows that if we can sort our away form out and get some consistency then we will continue to rise in the league, and especially as we are now out of the cups we have to do all we can to achieve something in the league itself.

As for the transfer window he says it’s no secret that he’s after a striker but there aren’t many available, so he’s just taking his time and being relaxed with things as although he would like to add competition or a different option, he’s happy enough with the lads up front, especially as James Vaughan continues to grow his fitness.

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