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INTERVIEW: Important to be positive

15 January 2013

Danny Cadamarteri on returning to action

Striker Danny Cadamarteri returned to first team action at the weekend, following a month on the sidelines through injury, and he immediately admitted that his task now is to fight his way back into the side.

“It’s been a frustrating period for me,” he said. “I’ve been sat there itching to be involved, but because I had a little niggle we wanted to make sure it was 100% sorted. That was the right thing to do and it was good to be involved again in this one.” 

“I’m always lively and quite loud in the dressing room anyway, even when I can’t be involved, but that’s just what I’m like all the time,” he added. “I think it’s important to be positive even when we aren’t picking up the results because we want to keep the morale high. It doesn’t help anyone if people are moping around and feeling sorry for themselves. Hopefully my upbeat attitude has had a good effect on my team mates as well.”

And on getting back onto the pitch against Coventry, he said: “When you come on and the game is as tight as that one was then you just want to make an impact. The result was massive for us, Coventry had a disappointing start to the season but they’re one of the in-form teams now, so us getting a victory is a fantastic achievement. Hopefully we’ll push on now.”

“It’s been a difficult period for us,” he said. “We’ve been conceding goals and not winning games, but we’re fortunate in that we have a good mixture of young enthusiastic players and some older experienced ones. The older players have tried to take the criticism on the chin, to deflect it away from the younger ones, because we know we’ll get criticised when we’re not playing well.”

“We’ve got a good squad and we know we should be doing better in the league,” he told us. “We train together every day and no one has had their head down, so we can’t really explain why we’ve produced some poor performances. 

“We know we’ve had some disappointing results but we can’t change that now. We just need to concentrate on the next game and take the positives out of the good performances we’ve put in recently.”

“We just want to go to Crawley and get something out of the game,” he added. “We know as players we’re the only ones who can affect the result. We’ve just beaten the in-form team in the division so we need to take the positives from that, and there’s no reason why we can’t go down to Crawley and get another good result. 

“The players coming back from injury can put a bit of pressure on the lads who are playing now and I think that can only be a good thing. 

“Hopefully that will benefit everybody because the players who are on the pitch want to keep their places, and the ones who aren’t will be pushing them all the way. 

“I just want to play as many games as possible now. I need to make sure my fitness is right back up at 110% so that the lads in my position know that I’m waiting to take their place.”

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