Terry Butcher: ‘Together we can be stronger’

Manager Terry Butcher has issued a rallying call to supporters, in order to make Rodney Parade an intimating place to visit for away teams.

After numerous weeks of hard work preparing his team for the start of the new season, manager Terry Butcher is now calling for fans to get behind his team, with just over a week to go before the start of the season.

After his first experience of the crowd at Rodney Parade against QPR, Terry insisted that home support will be vital to the success of his team this season, as the players feed off the atmosphere that the vibrant County faithful can create.

 “The fans created a fantastic atmosphere at Rodney Parade against QPR, despite the soggy conditions. I was very impressed with Rodney Parade, with all aspects from the pitch to the changing rooms.”

“The stadium itself is a great stadium, it’s small but when the crowd get behind you like they did against QPR in the first half, it creates a wonderful atmosphere and the fans seemed excited about what we were doing on the pitch,” Terry told the club’s website.

With the club’s first home game of the season against Stevenage on the 15th of August, Terry relayed that the fans support at home would be vital in making Rodney Parade a fortress and a tough place to visit for away teams this season.

Terry added, “We want to make it a tough venue for anyone to visit and particularly for Stevenage in the first home game; we really want to hit the ground running when it comes in winning in front of our home fans”.

With an abundance of change at the club, Terry recognises the importance of unifying the support of the fans, to help his players achieve success on the pitch.

“The two things work hand-in-hand, if we can put on a performance that the crowd like and enjoy watching and they can see plenty of commitment from the players giving it their all for the jersey, then more often than not the crowd will give the players great enthusiasm. The players we now have at the club have a real opportunity to become firm favourites of the fans.

We do look forward to playing any match, but in particular our home games because it is a wonderful stadium, a noisy stadium and we want to make it a place that isn’t pleasant for teams to come and visit.

The players and the fans have to be together, in what is a transitional period for the club, a building period and it needs the fans to be together with the team. Together we can be stronger. Together we can be a hard team to play against and to continue the good work that has been done previously at the club.

There is going to be lots of hard work both on and off the pitch and that extends to the fans in their support of the club, like they always have done. The more we work together, the better we will become. I know our fans will appreciate seeing the lads working hard and hopefully they will be impressed with the outcome”.

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