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11 November 2012

David Worrall’s thoughts following the 2-0 win over Portsmouth

I’m a bit stiff after that game, it’s very tough.  It’s a lot like last season and is very tough when your down at the bottom, training is tough but we have started to pick some wins up and now we just have to keep going.

The fitness is kicking in now; personally I am as fit as I have ever been at the moment.  Normally I would have been injured, in and out of the team – or ill.  Over the last few years I’ve had groin problems that have kept me out, but they seem to be fine now.  Training has been the hardest it’s been, and the longest but we just have to keep going.

The first half was scrappy and we accepted that as long as we didn’t concede one.  For the second half, you could tell that they were a bit stiff right form the whistle, we could have scored in the first couple of seconds.  We ran the game from then on and once Schuey scored from the penalty it was just a case of seeing the game out.

Portsmouth didn’t really cause us any trouble and Trevor Carson has had an easy day, but you also have to credit the defence.  Mark Hughes have been fantastic, the gaffer has said that they are not the fastest defenders in the league but the way they played on Saturday, they are right up there with the smartest.

Hopefully Trevor is happy with his clean sheet bonus.  He’s a part of the defence and is non-stop when talking to them.

We can beat anyone in this league, it’s the same as last season, and we can go on a little run when we beat Colchester, Notts County and others.  It feels like we are gelling and everything is coming together.  It’s all going right for us.  We prepare in the right way and we know everything about the opposition.

We know their subs, we see their set plays and we are going into games knowing what they are going to do so if we do lose, then we only have ourselves to blame because we have prepared right.

We watch clips of games, ours and theirs; we have a big presentation before games.  Futch is always getting names wrong and is getting fined on Friday mornings.  I think the gaffer does it on purpose, but it’s all good to know and it’s something that I have seen before at West Brom.  It helps the lads.

The gaffer is bringing more and more stuff in, the gaffer comes in at half time with loads of facts and stats from the analyst’s, and it’s good to know.  I’ve been here a while and I’ve never seen anything like this before.  It’s just good to have and good to work with.

It’s the same as last season with the loan players, we had Nathan Clark and Giles Coke.  We tried to keep them because we knew how good they were.  It’s the same with the current loan players, we have to try and keep them and stop other teams looking at them, but if they do go back to their clubs, they will go back as better players after what the gaffer has been doing in training and the way he has been drilling us in games.

The first goal was Dominic Poleon’s, everyone saw it was his, but none of us want to give it him because he has got a bit of a big head.  We wanted to give it to Zac, but he did get the last touch.  Everyone is claiming it just to shut Dominic Poleon up.

The gaffer told me on Friday that we needed a win because he might be giving us a few days off so I said good, I can plan a few days off then.  It’s just what we need because it has been tough.  The gaffer is non-stop, but it all makes sense when you come off the training pitch.  He’s a very tough man but he knows what he is doing.

Steven Schumacher has been fantastic for us, he’s a great leader and I am always asking him things, he can have a laugh with us and he can be serious about things as well.  Hopefully he can stay with us and move to the next level, like most of the players can.

We all want to lay at the next level, hopefully with this club.  We are all close and we all get on with the chairman, the staff, the manager and all the backroom staff in the offices.  We need to keep winning and the gaffer needs to keep being strict with us and carry on drilling new things into us.”

Watch the full video interview with David Worrall on Shakers Player

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