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INTERVIEW: Beck of the Net

25 February 2013

Striker Mark Beck on his Saturday equaliser

Striker Mark Beck spoke to us about his goal in the 1-1 draw with MK Dons at the weekend.

“I was delighted to score,” he said. “I didn’t play very well during the week [reserve game v Carlisle City] and I wanted to put it right. The manager sent me on and told me to get involved and try to get a goal. Thankfully that one bundled over the line.”

“It was one where I didn’t have too much time to think about it,” he explained. “The corner came in but I wasn’t the one who was challenging for it. I had a gamble at poaching at the back post and it dropped nicely for me. I swung at it as I was falling and somehow it went in.

“It wasn’t the most spectacular goal ever but you just take them as they come. As long as they go in it doesn’t matter. It might even be the worst goal I’ve scored but I’m still happy with it.”

“I just love scoring goals,” he admitted. “If someone had told me at the start of the season that I’d have five goals with two months left to play then I’d have told them they were joking!

“All I want is to try to keep them coming. Funnily enough I was talking to Eric [Kinder] during the week and he reminded me that I hadn’t scored in a while. I told him I was due one and it was good for it come in a game as important as this."

“I fully understand why the manager is doing things this way with me," he told us. "He’s trying to get the younger players as much pitch time as possible and every little bit is helping us to build up our experience.”

“I think you can tell we’ve picked up our game as a squad over these last few weeks,” he said. “We’re not getting beat by three or four goals all the time and we look much more positive. My own confidence is sky high as well, which is good. 

“I was a bit down with myself with the way I played against Carlisle City because I didn’t have the best of times. Football changes quickly though and you have to believe in yourself. Having the contract situation sorted definitely helps because I know I’ve got time to become the best I can be.”

“The point was massive for the team,” he told us. “It keeps our home run going and it keeps the points tally ticking over. I think the equaliser was coming because JP [McGovern] and Dave [Symington] were getting some good crosses in. I was going to gamble on getting into the right areas and it was very nice to be in the right place for one of them.”

“We’re all looking forward to Tuesday night now,” he concluded. “If we can get ourselves going the same way as we did in the second half here then I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

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