“That was a real smash and grab. I’ve spoken to a few of their lads after the game and they can’t believe it. Obviously it’s my first game of the season and the lads have said that it was our best performance of the season so far yet we’ve come away with nothing. Its fine lines, we’ve had the chances. We let a sloppy goal in for the first.
We’ve had the chances but have to put them away. I’ve just told Lenny that he should be worried if he wasn’t getting into those positions. It’s frustrating for him because in training he buries those sorts of chances. We’ve told him to keep his chin up and we will bounce back. We have to take the positives and take them into the next game. We know we can match any team in this league; it’s just those fine lines.
Notts County fancy their chances in the play offs – but they haven’t had a sniff. I think Alan Sheehan had a shot in the second half that went across the goal, and that’s about it. Their second was a breakaway goal, its rubbish from us. It feels like we played well. If its 0-0 or a goal up, it’s easier, but when you’re chasing the game – it’s tough.
I knew I was starting on Thursday, Andrai Jones has been ill. Shirty knows what I can do but I am the type of player that usually plays 40 league games a year, that’s what I want to be doing. I want to play as well as I can and if I get the opportunity then I will take it. Hopefully I’ve taken it today and there’s more to come. The disappointing thing for me is that I have come in and we have lost. It’s not ideal, but we have to take the positives and go on from here because we know that we are more than capable to win and start climbing the table.
I don’t like losing my place in the side; I want to play all the time. I don’t like sitting it out. It’s tough watching from the bench, Andrai Jones is a great lad and we do get on really well – maybe in the future we can play together. He will be a cracking centre half when he’s older; he has the physique for it. Its good competition for the lads and hopefully I can sneak ahead and stay in the side.
Its football, you have to take the opportunity. Its ruthless and full of highs and lows, it can change so often, but on Saturday we are happy with the performance and gutted with the result.
Preston is the perfect game to bounce back with. We know Graham Westley and what we can expect from him and his side – it will be a battle. On Saturday we’ve defended really well, Notts didn’t carve us open at all and if we can stay like that next week, and cut the sloppy goal out in the first minute, then I see no reason why we can’t get the three points.
We are performing well, that’s good for confidence. We’ve kept the majority of the squad together and have added. We know we are a match to most teams. The objective is to get as many points on the board as we can. It’s not a time to worry, we just need to stick together and get the results.
We’ve all got a massive respect for Shirty and Futch, we don’t want to disappoint them, he’s the gaffer to us so we have to keep them happy, and that means we have to win on Saturday, hopefully we can get them wins and get them the job.”
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