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INTERVIEW: Can't dwell on it

21 October 2013

Mark Beck on the Oldham game

We spoke to striker Mark Beck before the Sunday morning training session following the disappointing defeat at Oldham on Saturday. 

"It was a very frustrating game," he said. "I thought we were a better team than them but it just didn't happen on the day. We had enough chances to win the game but it wasn't to be. 

"We had a few good chances, I had one myself that I should have put away and I think it was just one of those days where it wasn't going to go in. The good thing is that we're creating the chances and getting in the right areas of the pitch."

"We kept going right until the last minute and we've scored a few late goals recently," he continued. "It's good to see the lads looking fit and trying to get something out of the game right until the final whistle. 

"I'm not really sure whether this result will affect things too much because we've been on such a good run. We all obviously wanted to get something out of the game to keep the momentum going but confidence is still high. We know we've got the quality to pick it up again and go on another run. 

"We did expect to come away with something from the game but Kav was calm in the dressing room afterwards. He told us it was just a bad day at the office and we need to concentrate on what we've done in the games previous and get back to winning ways on Tuesday night."

"Filling in for Lee [Miller] is a big job," he explained. "I've been up there by myself and it's something I've really enjoyed. Unfortunately I haven't managed to hit the back of the net this season but I've just got to link up the play and get myself in the box. Hopefully the goals will come from that. 

"I'm learning from every minute I'm on the pitch. You're obviously up against a lot of different players with a lot of experience, but I'm loving getting pitch time. Working alongside Matt Robson and David Amoo is brilliant, they're both nippy wingers and you can rely on them to get past their man and get a good cross in."

"It is good that we've got a game so quickly," he explained. "It means that we can't dwell on it and we can put it right very quickly. We'll work hard in training today [Sunday] and on the way down on Monday and we'll make sure we're ready for a tough test against a very good MK Dons side. 

"We've had some great games with them over recent years so I don't think it will be a boring game. We'll go down there and give it the best we've got and hopefully we'll be the ones who come away with a result."

"My own confidence is really high because I've been getting a lot of pitch time and obviously the international recognition," he confirmed. "I just need that goal and hopefully I'll be able to get a few more after that. 

"It does get in your head when you're in the box and you know you haven't scored, but I think it's just luck. I've had the chances, the one against Oldham might have gone in last season, and I had a few against Blackburn which could have easily have ended in up in the back of the net. If I keep getting in the right places hopefully it will happen soon." 

"It's been fantastic to be involved with the Scotland set-up," he admitted. "We played one game in Scotland then flew away to Georgia which was a great experience. Billy Stark said I'd done very well during training and he said I've a good chance of being involved next year because I'm obviously one of the younger ones in the squad.

"My target for this season was to start as many games as possible and I've started almost as many games as I did last season already. I'll keep my head down and try and make sure I'm still in that starting line up for as long as possible."

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