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El-Abd: Consistency is key

Wycombe captain previews Grimsby Town.

25 August 2017

Team captain Adam El-Abd says the team have been working hard this week to right the the wrongs of the defeat vs Notts County.

Blues travel to Grimsby Town on Saturday looking to get back on the winning trail after suffering their first defeat of the campaign at Adams Park last weekend.

Weighing up the Chairboys' start to the season, El-Abd admits there have been positives but also areas to improve.

"There have been some good and some bad points from how we have started the season," he said.

"We have conceceded too many goals which is disappointing but we are working hard to rectify that.

"It is something we have had to work on as a team as it is not just the back-four and we will get better in that I am sure, and fingers crossed we are heading in the right direction because we have shown some good attacking play already this season.

"We have played some good stuff, and against Notts County we managed to get back in the game before being undone by a set-piece which was completely against the run of play.

"It's fine margins really, the positives in that game were that we dug in and got back in the game although we should never have put ourselves in that position, and we also put in a good performance at Port Vale and in the opening day against Lincoln.

"So all in all there have been lots of good things, but still stuff to work on."

Wycombe come up against Russell Slade's Grimsby who are looking for their first win at home this season after two defeats to Coventry and in the Carabao Cup to Derby.

El-Abd says he has been impressed with the attitude of the squad in their preparations for the game and is confident that with a complete performance, the Chairboys can come back with the points.

"This is a positive group that have got a great attitude," he added.

"There are not any bad eggs or players that come in with a bad attitude, everyone comes in to work hard and I think that will hold us in good stead.

"Last Saturday wasn't perfect and it didn't go our way; we let in too many goals and there were so many avoidable goals in there, but we've been working hard this week and fingers crossed we can get better at that and get back to winning football matches.

"I don't think we're going to get many easy games in this league, I think every game is going to be tough.

"But the key to this league, as is it in football, is consistency, and if we can be difficult to beat and get everyone performing we will be in every game with a shout of winning.

"So if we can go to Grimsby and put in a solid performance we will have a good chance."

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