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Fighting to get in the team

17 August 2012

Adam Lockwood on pre-season and looking forward to Brentford on Saturday

“Pre-season has been good, but obviously hard work.  We’ve done a lot of work on team togetherness and we are all pulling in the same direction so that we are at the stage that we are ready for a game.  Hopefully everyone has reaped the benefits from it.

It has been different to other pre-seasons I’ve done.  Each one is slightly different, different methods, different thinking and different types of managers.  This has been a constructive pre-season.  You know that you have to work hard and some people do it different ways.  This one has been done in a way that was very specific in terms of what we need. 

The games we’ve played over pre-season – nobody can know what the plan is for Saturday, what the shape is what the starting line-up is – that’s down to the management to make decisions and obviously we will know before the final training session, who will be selected and we will be ready for Saturday.  The lads that don’t make it will be waiting in the wings waiting for an opportunity.

I was on the bench last weekend or the Middlesbrough game, but that’s the way it goes.  There are structures behind everything and the way that we want to do things.  With Sodje unavailable for Saturday, I may get a chance, nobody knows yet.  He made the decision to go and get the ball.  I can’t comment on the red card but I know he will be disappointed to have been sent off.  He will have thought he shouldn’t have been sent off.

There is competition for places here, I don’t know if I will be involved on Saturday or not.  It’s great for any team and everyone will be fighting to get into the team.

I’ve been here for over a month now and I am settled.  I’ve come here to play football and am happy with everything.  I enjoy it and now it’s time to start seeing some productive things after all the hard work over pre-season.

The gaffer says we are ready for a game.  You can train and train all week and you do reach a point where you just need a competitive game.  Shirty and Futch can see it from their position on the training ground.  We’ve got good management behind us to see things like that.

It’s a strange situation where the manager that signed me walks out of the door four weeks later.  It’s not ideal but I’ve been in football long enough to understand that this does happen.  Obviously when I came I spoke to Richie more than anyone else.  It was Richie that enticed me to the club and the things he said, his plan and everything, but that’s football and I can understand why he’s taken the job at Crawley. 

He’s gone onto the next step as a manager; people do it in different ways.  His reasons are understandable, this is just a sport but no matter what you do – family comes first.  That’s football, people will make decisions the club will move forward.

As for Brentford, we are ready to go.  We are ready for the challenge.  Each game will be a different challenge.  Each team will see us as a different challenge but we are ready for it.” 

Watch the full video interview with Adam over on Shakers Player

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