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A sucker punch

2 September 2012

Craig Jones on the Notts County game, life at Bury and looking forward to Preston

“Watching from the side lines, we’ve dominated the game and it’s tough to take.  We’ve dominated from start to finish apart from that early goal we conceded.  It’s frustrating because it was a set piece that that has missed everyone and gone in at the far post.  All the lads are gutted with the second goal, but it was a counter attack when we are pushing everyone forward to try and get back in the game.

You can accept losing 1-0 with only a few minutes to go, we are pushing bodies forward to get back in the game, but their second was a bit of a sucker punch.  The belief in the side is there.  It would be worrying if we are not creating the chances but on Saturday we’ve created plenty of chances and had plenty of possession.  That’s a positive and one day somebody will be on the end of a four or five nil.  We can’t create that many chances every week and not put them away.

This is different from what I have been used to but I am enjoying it and am learning every day.  Training is going well and we’ve had a couple of more signings come in.  The jigsaw is fitting together now and I think it’s only a matter of time now before the results start coming together.

The biggest thing we need to learn is hard to learn, but we need to learn how to bounce back from a defeat the following week.  It’s what we’ve not quite done yet but it’s only a matter of time before that happens.

I’m naturally a wide player, left or right, but I have played a number of games in behind the striker which is something I like to do as well.  Hopefully I can get the chance to do that here this season.  Goals wise, I’m usually into double figures by the end of the season, which isn’t bad for a wide player, but I am more pleased with an assist.

This is the right time for me, I would have liked to have done it a couple of years ago.  Bury were the club that showed the interest in me, I’ve come here and moved into the area.  Now I really want to get my head down and get stuck in.

There was a small transfer fee involved with TNS, and maybe that has out other clubs off in the past.  Because I have not played in the league before, they would have been taking a chance, but Bury have done their homework on me.  They believe that I can play at this level, and so do I.

I’ve had plenty of interest in the past, and probably the biggest club was Leeds United.  I went on trial there back in January, but Bury did show their hand just before that. They did try to get me then but the deal didn’t quite go through then.  That interest was still there over the summer and I am here where I want to be.

It was strange when I did sign, because it was Richie Barker that showed the initial interest in me, but Peter Shirtliff has also been to watch me at TNS.  Shirty still wanted the deal to go through as Richie left here.  He’s seen me as a project to get me into the side, hopefully now I can get a few good starts under my belt.

I’ve got nothing to prove to myself.  I’ve always believed that I can play at this level, now I am here; this is my opportunity to go and prove it.  I’m just a little disappointed that it didn’t happen a couple of years ago, but I am only 25 and still have a long future in football left.

Now it’s Preston, and it’s a perfect game to bounce back in.  It’s another home game and if we play the way we did on Saturday then I am sure we will get a result.'


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