Match Preview: AFC Fylde (H)

Smith Looking For Response Ahead of Huge Keys Park Clash …

Forget Aston Villa v West Brom, tonight Keys Park will be hosting the biggest game in the Midlands as second-placed AFC Fylde face a Pitmen side looking to make a swift recovery from the rare defeat against Bradford (Park Avenue) at the weekend.

Boss Rob Smith, frustrated by the refereeing and pitch on Saturday, agreed that the sign of a great side is how they react to an unexpected setback and is confident his side can recover quickly.

‘It is really important that we try and go on another run, having won six on the bounce before the Bradford game. Of course we were always going to drop points at some stage, now it is down to us to show we can respond.

‘This season has proved that anyone has a chance against anyone but I believe Fylde are far and away the best team I have watched this season. It’ll be a great atmosphere at Keys Park tonight and I’m so pleased with the players that we are in a position where the game means a lot. I’m sure all the players will give everything tonight.’

Hednesford’s defeat in Yorkshire on Saturday was only their second in the league throughout 2015 and, with their opponents tonight being held to a 1-1 draw by near rivals Tamworth, the race for the play-offs is still very much on.

Fylde have struggled a little of late as they go toe-to-toe with Barrow for the league title, prior to drawing with Tamworth they were also held 1-1 by bottom club Hyde, so despite Smith’s comments, the Keys Park faithful will no doubt be confident that their team can come away from the game with a positive result.

Paul McCone is missing from the squad and Marvin Robinson is very doubtful, but the recent performances of Nick Rushton and Jamey Osborne, among others, will give the Pitmen a great chance of a result this evening.

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