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Purkiss Previews Morecambe Clash

Defender Looks Ahead To Today's Fixture

19 August 2017

Ben Purkiss is looking to help Town extend their unbeaten start to the 2017/18 Sky Bet League Two campaign this afternoon.

The Reds are in action at Morecambe this afternoon (3pm KO) and the defender is in confident mood ahead of the game.

“I expect a tough game,” he told swindontownfc.co.uk exclusively.

“They are a team that traditionally start really, really well and looking at them they’ve always had a strong start over the last few years and then they’ve tailed off after Christmas and found themselves in a bit of a dogfight, but each year they seem to start positively.

“They’ve made a decent start to this season and they are at home so I’m sure they will be looking to claim a scalp.

“We’re satisfied with a win and a draw from our two league fixtures and I’m sure Morecambe will be satisfied with their start as well.

“It is an opportunity because if you come out of your first three games with two wins and a draw then you are looking at a really positive start, if you have a win, draw and a loss then you are going to be disappointed with that.

“I’m sure both teams will be looking to win the game and we certainly will.

“We’ll be looking to build on the away performance against Carlisle.

“The manager isn’t silly and he makes sure we know what we perceive to be the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition prior to the game, but there’s a lot that can happen over the 90 minutes and you have to work things out for yourself.

“We know our strengths, we’ve been very successful at certain things this season and we also know there are things we need to brush up on.

“We go into the game focussing very much on ourselves and also aware of what the opposition are going to do.”

Purkiss has been pleased with the start he’s made to the new season on a personal level, although he is looking to improve moving forward.

“It has been positive. I’ve been encouraged by certain parts and I feel like I had a solid start against Carlisle, a strong second-half performance against Exeter and then a decent performance against West Ham,” he added.

“I’m in a new team and you are learning about players, you are learning about where they want the ball and Kaiyne (Woolery) has come in now so you are learning about the types of runs that he makes.

“As a full-back that’s really important and the key for me is to build on what has been a solid start and to be able to contribute at both ends of the field.”


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