Steven Schumacher reflects on the Walsall game and looks forward to more wins
“How did we not win that – it’s a question that we seem to be asking ourselves quite a lot recently. The most disappointing thing about it is the goal that we conceded because again, they are another team that have come to Gigg Lane and haven’t had a great number of chances. It’s the same as Carlisle; they have managed to take something from the game – that’s the most disappointing thing.
It’s another game that we have dominated, they are struggling to hand on and we’ve given them a lift. It’s happened loads of times where we have been on top, we’ve got the momentum then a minute later it’s in and something stupid has happened or something out of the blue and they’ve hit a world class goal. It deflates everyone. On Saturday we carried on going, it was only five minutes into the game and we stuck at it before Dominic (Poleon) scored a great goal to get us back into it and from then on there was only one team that looked like they wanted to win the game.
It hasn’t been our ten games, never mind our day. For me, the only team that have been better than us and deserved to win the game was MK Dons. I’ve spoken to Ryan Lowe since and he’s told me that since that game, they haven’t played as well. We are not doing badly, we are still more than capable of beating sides in this league. We are capable of going on an unbeaten run and as long as the performances keep on improving and we get a bit of luck, the results will come.
At the moment, we’ve got what we’ve got, we are creating chances. We had lots of chances on Saturday and it’s not just the striker’s that are missing them. Sodje should have done better with his header, there were a few other things, one cleared off the line, one of the post but as long as we are creating the chances – that’s the main thing. If we were playing poorly and teams were coming here and we didn’t look as though we could break them down, or they were comfortable coming here and getting results, then we’d start worrying. Teams are not comfortable coming here; we’ve had the better of most of them but haven’t got the results.
We got a striker at the club that has more experience of scoring goals than Ryan Lowe has in David Healy. He just needs fitness and games, and the more minutes that he gets on the pitch will see him benefit from that. He’s got the quality, we all know that and he has the quality to score goals.
Since the new gaffer has come in, our fitness levels have improved. I can only speak for myself personally but it takes at least the first 8 or 9 games of the season to get the full 90- minute legs under you. I’d probably hold my hands upto that, but in the last six or seven games I’ve started to feel better. Everyone has got more energy. We were well fitter than Carlisle, we were fitter and sharper than Hartlepool and it was the same with Walsall on Saturday. If we keep doing it and keep progressing, we will get out of this spot that we are in.
We are still doing these double training sessions. That’s the gaffer’s way and if he wants to train like that then you have to do it. If you don’t get a double session then you make the most out of your rest. It’s a fine balance and the gaffer is experience enough to know. He knows that he can’t run players into the ground. He’s not daft, he’s given us a few days off here and there when we have needed it and we’ve had afternoons off when we have needed it. All in all, things are going in the right direction. The fans are appreciating it as well, we were clapped off at Crawley. The fans are seeing what we are trying to do.
Personally, I think we can still try and play more football. We are trying to play at this high tempo and at times, it’s a bit too rushed. We have more time to do things, that’s a confidence thing. If we can get it down and pass it and still play at that tempo then we will be a good side.”
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