Matt Doherty looks forward to Saturdays game at Colchester
“We’ve had a couple of days off, but sometimes time off like this can affect you because you come back and your legs are not into it, but the gaffer has us all back into it and working hard. We had a long and hard session on Thursday morning, but to be honest, there are no easy sessions, Thursdays was as tough as it gets.
I’ll be honest and say that I have never trained as hard as we are doing here at the moment. Some of the sessions are hard but obviously beneficial to us. The training is good and the training back at Wolves is good – it’s just different. Its different players, different manager and just different to what we are doing here. It’s physical and tough.
I feel fitter, sharper and stronger and everything has improved since I came here. The results have improved and I think we’ve picked up 11 points and it’s been a good little push for ourselves, a couple more wins would have us climbing up the table hopefully.
I don’t know how far this can go, a lot of us are here on loan and you just do not know who is going to leave or come in, but with the team that we have now I think we can go unbeaten now for quite a while. We are playing well and we don’t think like we can lose a game. Players are playing with confidence and you can see it with the results like beating Oldham away and keeping a clean sheet against Portsmouth, which isn’t easy.
The team spirit is great, almost too nice to be honest. We don’t seem to give each other the right grilling when we need it, but that’s ok, the results have shown that we are doing something right.
The gaffer has had a lot of trialists in but that seems to have died down a little now, it keeps you on your metal, you don’t want people coming in and taking your place. You want to play as many games as possible and when you see a trialists coming in that can play in your position it does make you aware that he might be good and he might take your place.
The back four looks settled now, that’s the main part of your team, it doesn’t have to be the same players every week, but as close to it as you can do, that then gives the rest of the team the confidence to go forward and score the goals, then we keep them out and that’s how we win games.
I had 15 minutes at Centre half last weekend. I played there a lot when I was younger and went to right back at around 17 years old and have played there ever since. I don’t mind playing at centre half and I did enjoy it. I got lucky because Izale McLeod was shattered by then, he turned me in the first half, and he was very quick. Thankfully the game was over by the time I moved into the middle.
I don’t know much about Colchester, all I know is that it is a long way away hence the reason we are leaving Bury at 9am on Friday. I’ve seen the league table, they are not that far ahead of us. They are similar to Oldham position wise and I am going to assume that they will be similar in the way that they play. I think we can go and win the game.
I've been told that last year was probably the worst performance of the season and that we lost 4-1. Shane Byrne told me all about it, but this is a different team now. Both teams are different but the confidence that we are playing with now, and from the results that we have had, we will be hard to stop at the moment.”
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