Sep 29 2011 By Greg Burns
DANNY Foster said Wycombe will have to roll their sleeves up and get 'gritty' to continue their improvement at Rochdale this weekend.
Only goal difference separates Wanderers in 20th place in League One and the Dale in the relegation zone as the two sides prepare to meet at Spotland.
It already looks like an important game after two impressive performances by Blues in beating Sheffield United on Saturday and losing a thriller to Preston.
While they ended without any points to show for their efforts against Phil Brown's side on Tuesday night, Foster insists they have to keep upbeat.
“We are gutted because we said at half-time it was important to take something from the game,” he said. “It is very hard after a defeat but you have to come away and take positives from it.
“If you look at the past month, it hasn't been good enough and the place has been pretty low but you have to try and take positives.
“The performance was a lot better and the energy was a lot better. The result hasn't gone our way but we need to keep the wheels moving and take it into the game on Saturday which is going to be a tough game.
“Going away from home is tough in this league and it will be gritty and we will need to roll our sleeves up but we can do that.
“If we perform like that and with the same desire and team-spirit you will pick up more points. We have to dust ourselves down and get ready for Rochdale.
“It is important not to come in Thursday morning with our heads down and moping around because we have done well. We need to keep that spring in our step and keep believing.”
Tuesday night saw the coming of age of 18-year-old Kadeem Harris who tormented Preston right-back Conor McLaughlin so much that the defender was taken off on 30 minutes.
But, as a fellow right-back, Foster had no sympathy for his Lillywhite counterpart and hopes Harris repeats his stunning performance at the weekend.
He said: “I can't have any sympathy for him to be honest. If Kadeem does that the right back on Saturday I will be very happy.
“We have had him last year in training so we know what he is about. He has done very well in the last couple of games and he his lively.”