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INTERVIEW: Had some really good chances

10 March 2014

Pascal Chimbonda on the Port Vale game

Defender and team captain Pascal Chimbonda spoke to us shortly after full time following the defeat against Port Vale on Saturday. 

"We came here to get the three points and we're going home with nothing," he said. "I think this is a lesson for the next game. We have to concentrate for 90 minutes and not just for the 65 minutes when we were the better team."

"We lost our concentration after the first goal which was disappointing," he admitted. "We conceded both goals in quick succession but before that we created a lot of chances. 

"We could have gone two or three up before they equalised and that probably makes it even more frustrating."

"Kav told us at half time that we'd been a bit sloppy," he said. "He was obviously happy we went in at 1-0 up and we started the second half well and created some good chances. We just couldn't put one of them away. 

"They probably only had two good chances in the second half but they scored both of them. In the end, that was the difference. The chances we had just before they scored were really good chances and I think if we'd scored one of them it would have been game over.

"We could have got ourselves back in it because I think we had a few good chances after they'd scored their goals. We are very disappointed because, like I said, we came for the three points."

"We're all obviously very happy for Courtney [Meppen-Walter] because that was his first goal," he agreed. "It's a nice moment for him but we have to remember it's all about the team. Overall we are very disappointed with the result. 

"It's the same for me because I am very proud to be captain of the team. It's a job I take very seriously but the only thing to think about right now is the fact that we have lost a game and we are not happy about that at all."

"We've got plenty to work on ahead of the game against Sheffield United on Wednesday," he told us. "We'll be doing everything we can to get the three points again. We know this league is tough and, if we want to stay in it, we have to work hard. 

"We'll go to Sheffield and play our football. They're on a good run but it's 90 minutes with 11 men against 11 and the best team on the night will win the game. If we can put our chances away, and defend like we did against Brentford, then we'll get something out of the game."

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