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Galvanising the support

15 September 2017

Mark Warburton is pleased to be returning to The City Ground and wants to galvanise the club’s fans as they take on Wolves tomorrow.

The Reds had mixed results in their two away trips last week, losing at Sheffield Wednesday before taking all three points at Sunderland, and Warburton is looking forward to coming back to familiar surroundings.

He said: "It is our home patch, it is a great stadium with a great pitch and we need the fans to be loud and supportive but we have to make them enjoy it. We are looking forward to it, we know it will be a good encounter and we have to enjoy these kind of games.

"The support has been magnificent. It was a long journey for them on Tuesday night up to Sunderland with not the best weather, but the support we received was outstanding.

"The support at The City Ground has been brilliant too. When I took the job here I was warned that if things aren't going well after 20 minutes or so you can hear the murmurs of exasperation and impatience, but all you can do is take it as you find it.

"The fans see the boys giving it their all. There will be days of frustration and disappointment, with highs and lows, but as long as they can see 100 per cent commitment they will get behind the team.

"That is a basic, minimum requirement from us then we can build from that. Our job is to make them enjoy coming to watch us home and away, and if we do that we will be in a good place.

"This is a magnificent football club; the history is there for all to see but it has been a long time since the club was in the Premier League. There is a worldwide fanbase because of the exploits of previous years and we have to tap into that, recognise it and make the fans excited to come and watch us.

"If we can do that we can galvanise the support as the fanbase is there, and it is our responsibility to galvanise that."


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