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INTERVIEW: Haven't looked back

12 October 2013

Leon McSweeney on the Morecambe game

We spoke to defender Leon McSweeney earlier this week to get his thoughts on the Morecambe victory and on settling in with Carlisle United. 

"It's always nice to go through on penalties," he said. "It wasn't a classic game by any stretch of the imagination but it was important that we dealt with it and that we came away with the result we wanted. 

"Cup runs are important for every club. It was also vital that we kept our own run going, particularly because we haven't got a Saturday game. If we'd lost on Tuesday we'd have had a long time to dwell on it. We can enjoy our weekend off now and look forward to Oldham."

Looking back at when he joined us just over a month ago, he said: "Coming into a team which was very low on confidence was difficult. The lads were scrapping for everything and looking for something to build on. Since Kav came in, and we got that first win, we haven't looked back really. But it's important we don't rest on our laurels now and kick on."

"The first win was really important," he admitted. "The lads were low on confidence going into the game and you look at the opposition [Sheffield United] and know straight away it isn't going to be easy. We showed a lot of discipline, kept to the game plan and thoroughly deserved the win." 

"It was difficult over the summer because I was having to train on my own, but I'm really enjoying training every day again," he confirmed. "I've found the last week or so quite tough, if I'm honest, because I've been getting really tired after the games. That's something I've had to get used to again. 

"The games have been coming thick and fast so I think having this weekend off will be a good chance for me to rest and recharge the batteries."

"I have settled in really well and I think the results have helped that," he admitted. "We've got quite a settled back four and any players who have had to come in have done really well. Training has been tough, but very enjoyable, and we've been going into the games very well prepared." 

"Right back was the position I was brought in to play so I'm very happy with playing there," he added. "I've said before that I'm happy to play anywhere as long as I'm helping the team. I have enjoyed playing right back and I think I've made that position my own now. The results have helped back that up and I just want that to continue so I can play as many games as I can. 

"I was starting to think, before I got here, that I might not be involved this season. That has probably meant that I've enjoyed it even more so far. Being involved in a team on a Saturday is fantastic. The feeling of achievement you get when you come off the pitch with three points is something I'll always love." 

"The lads are working really hard for each other and I think that is coming across during the games," he said. "You can see how much ability there is in the squad so I always knew we'd be able to turn it round. I think as long as we don't get complacent we'll do very well this season."

"I haven't really thought about what will happen after January yet," he told us. "I've just been focusing on playing my football. If the results carry on the way they have done then hopefully my situation is something which will take care of itself." 

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