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INTERVIEW: A vital stage of the season

4 April 2013

Liam Noble on his return to the side

Midfielder Liam Noble returned to the starting line up following a five-game absence on Monday to put in one of his best displays of the season in the 0-0 draw at Brammall Lane.

We spoke to him about the game and his form ahead of the Thursday morning training session.

“I think we came away feeling a little bit disappointed with the result in the end,” he said.

“We were the better team with eleven men so I think we would probably take the draw after the sending off. We went there to try and win the game and I thought we had the better chances to do that.”

“It’s definitely one of the best grounds to play at,” he admitted. “There’s always a big crowd and it’s the kind of game you want to do well in. I suppose we have to be happy with the point because it was a very good performance.”

“I was pleased to be back in the team,” he added. “I want to try and stay there until the end of the season now. I’ll keep working hard to try to stay involved.

“I do like playing in a 4-3-3 formation. It gives me licence to get about and to get forward. I like to get a few shots off and I did that again on Monday.

“I thought my volley had gone in. Paul Thirlwell was just behind me and he said it was always hitting the post, but I was getting ready to celebrate. I couldn’t believe it when it didn’t. I’ve seen it since on the telly and I’m so sure that the keeper did get a touch. I’ve just been unfortunate in the end.”

And on his recent spell as a substitute, he told us: “I hate watching and I don’t mind saying that. 

“It’s horrible on a Saturday when you come in and you know you’re on the bench. The manager has to pick his team though and you know you can’t play all the time. 

“I think one of things I still need to learn is how to take it better when I’m not in the team. I don’t take it as well as I should and the only thing I can really do is work hard to get my place back if it does happen.”

“The run we’re on at the moment has been really important for us,” he confirmed. “It’s a vital stage of the season where all we need is points. We’re going to Oldham to try and win that as well because we want to finish as high up the table as we can. 

“I think you learn a lot from a season like this. On a personal level it’s only my third season as a professional and we’ve had Wembley and a push for the play-offs before now. That was obviously completely different but I think you learn something new all the time. 

“It’s been tougher this year but we will definitely stay up. We want to finish things off properly now and hopefully that’s exactly what we’ll do.”

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