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We are more streetwise this year

30 August 2012

Steven Schumacher looking forward to Saturday’s game with Notts County and on new additions to the squad

“It’s been a good week for us all and I am going to have to impress to get back into this side.  It’s been a normal week with no midweek game and we’ve had a good weeks training, it’s been good.  With the two new lads coming in (Shane Byrne and David Healy), it’s been good because we can work on one or two things, we can go through a lot more team shape and tactics wise on what we are going to do, plus Shane and David have had the chance to familiarise themselves with us.  Last week they had one days training and then went straight into a game.

David Healy’s record speaks for itself; he’s a top player and has played at a really high level. He’s got plenty of experience and hopefully he can score a lot more goals for us and help us out. He’s a good pro and at his age he could have called it a day, but he’s shown that he is still hungry and he still wants to play at a decent level.  We are glad to have him with us.

The lads showed great character last week at Coventry to come back and fight for a point.  At half time it didn’t look too promising.  Once we scored the first with the penalty, and then it went to 2-2, there was only one team that looked like they were going to win it.  We showed good resilience and good fitness.  With a little more quality, we could have won the game.  Its composure in front of goal, but you have to be in there to have the chances.  We created good chances and a bit ore quality in there and we could have had all three points.

I didn’t actually go to Coventry; I had a weekend at home with my daughter.  I know everyone says it, but I am not the best watcher of games.  I didn’t like watching the last half hour from Doncaster.  It’s worse when you’re on the side-line and not playing.  I was on the phone and watching Sky, and was delighted when the lads got it back to 2-2, it was good point.

I think I will be back in the side on Saturday, or I hope I will be back in the side.  We’ve had three tough games and had to battle in all of them, right upto the last minute.  We understand that this is how it’s going to be and we’ve shown that little bit more resilience.  Against Brentford, we might have lost the game last year.  At Coventry we might have lost three or four, but we’ve stuck in and done well.  In the Doncaster game, if we had had eleven on the pitch, then I think we would have won it.

We have learnt from last year, it’s a steep learning curve.  Last year we were a little naïve, but to me, we look a little bit more solid – a bit more nasty and streetwise.  We haven’t looked as though we will concede many goals.

With Peter Shirtliff, it’s been pretty much a seamless transition.  He’s good and he has his own ideas.  He gets his point across really well.  The lads have taken to it and hopefully now we can get some results for him.

Every game has been tough so far, we’ve certainly not had an even start.  You look after Preston and its Sheff United, Tranmere and MK Dons.  It’s a hard game, and we know that we are not going to get any easy games in the division.  The sooner we start to pick up points the better.

We haven’t been too far away from getting points, we just need to dig in and get a couple of wins.  Then we can go into games where we are favourites to get something.  We’ve had two tough away games, and we did well against Brentford.  We got booed for a 0-0 at home that I didn’t really agree with.  They finished 8th last season, just outside the play offs, and turned us over at their place.  It was a great point for us.  We want to be in this league, this is what we got ourselves promoted for.”

Watch the full video interview with Steven Schumacher over on Shakers Player


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