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Hippolyte talks about the break from action, building up to Stevenage

7 December 2021

Attacker Myles Hippolyte spoke to iFollow Iron about United’s recent short break from action following the 1-1 draw against Bradford City, which extended his side's unbeaten run of home games in the league to four matches.

Commenting on the ten day break from action, which ends when United visit Stevenage on Tuesday night, he told iFollow Iron: “It’s been a good time to recover and work on a few things that the manager (Keith Hill) wanted to work on with us, which he obviously wasn't able to in pre-season. It’s been good for us and I think every boy kind of needed it a bit. 

“Training was hard and everything’s been tough for us. We haven't had an easy session which is good because it’s what was needed. There have been lessons for all of us on how he wants us to play and I think the boys have taken it on board very well. When you have it drummed into you over and over, it clicks and that’s when positive things come."

Talking more about the recently arrived manager and his expectations for fitness, Hippolyte said: “I think he believes in every single player, but he just has high standards of us working hard and being physically fit every moment in the game. You talk to the gaffer and everything he always says is positive, it's about hard work and drumming that into us. Every player knows their targets. 

“I have always felt fit but I didn't use it in the right ways.  I feel like now maybe I’m using it in a more positive way and the way the gaffer wants it to be used. I’ve just got to make sure I use it consistently as the gaffer wants and that’s something I’ve got to implement more.”

After having time to reflect on the Bradford game, he said: “It was a tough match. I felt we were doing well and in stages we showed class and positivity. It’s a shame we didn't get the result but Bradford are a big club and they’re pushing for promotion so to get a point against them is very good. We’ve just got to keep pushing ourselves and see if we can keep building on the positive outcome. 

“If we can go on and get some results and even get on a little run, things will change for us very quickly."

Looking ahead to Tuesday night's away game at Stevenage, Hippolyte said: “We need to implement our style. That's what the gaffer wants if we can and that'll be the main thing for us. We need to play our best and hopefully control them. I feel like we’ve got the players to get a good result."

See much more from Myles Hippolyte and Keith Hill on iFollow Iron.

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