Experienced goal scorer Neil Danns tells the younger members of the squad what it takes to succeed.
After putting the Shakers into the lead with a 71st minute penalty, the experienced Neil Danns, who also collected a fairly hefty knock to his shoulder during the game, spoke to Shakers Player HD of the injury following the 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic.
“The shoulder is ok, I think Tom Soares landed on top of me as I cleared the ball, it’s bruised a little but it will be ok. It’s great to get the goal on my debut, even if it was a penalty, but they all count and come the end of the season nobody will say it was only a penalty. I was buzzing to put it away and especially nice to get it in the first game of the season at your new club. It was a great way to endear myself to the fans as well and I thought they were brilliant today. I was privileged to have taken it and to have scored the goal.
“That result will definitely surprise a few people, a lot of people would have looked at the fixture and thought that Charlton, who have just come down from the Championship and going to little old Bury would be favourites. That’s the way we like it though. We knew that if they came to us with that sort of attitude that we would make sure that they would be in for a tough day.”
Conditions in the heat and bright sunshine certainly had an impact on the game but Neil was more than happy with the overall performance.
“It always seems to be like that on the first day of the season and there was a lot of sweat out there and a lot of energy being used. It was a tough game and probably zapped a lot of tempo out of the game because everyone was giving so much and, in that sort of heat, the game is going to slow down but it was the same for both teams so you just have to get on with it.”
The lads returned for pre-season training on 27th June and the last eight weeks of training certainly seems to have paid off following an excellent performance by the lads. Players always seem to dread pre-season but are fulsome in their praise once it’s over, as Neil explained:
“That result was eight weeks of hard work, the pre-season we’ve had has been brilliant. Obviously, we went out to Portugal and played in the heat there and that was hotter than Saturday. The boys have worked hard over pre-season and we’ve reaped the benefits of that with the result.”
With another 45 games to go, we asked Neil what sort of impact that result and performance would have on the lads and his answer showed a wise old head of an experienced campaigner.
“It’s a long old season and we are certainly not going to get ahead of ourselves. We all know that it’s going to be a long, long season. We are all professional and we have been in the game long enough to know that we have to stay on top of it if you want to continue to win games. We can’t become complacent, especially me and Antony Kay and a few of the other war horses in the squad, but we will be telling the younger lads that we have to keep our foot right on it now, because it we don’t, we will get punished.”
Watch the full video interview with Neil Danns on Shakers Player HD. A taster of that interview, as seen on our YouTube Channel is shown below