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INTERVIEW: Time to dig deep

13 March 2014

David Amoo on the Sheffield United game

University of Cumbria student Michael Garvey spoke to David Amoo about the disappointment of not bringing something home following a very good performance at Sheffield United on Wednesday evening. 

“It was disappointing, but it was a tough game and they’re playing really well,” he said. “I think they’ve won ten games on the bounce so they’re high on confidence as well.

“I thought we played well but, at the moment, we’ve just got to dig deep for these games and hopefully we will come through on Saturday.”

Speaking of the atmosphere in the dressing room afterwards Amoo said: “We were disappointed but I think you have to remember that they are a really good side. Even though they started the season a bit poorly they’ve picked up lately.

“So, for us, we’ve just got to take the positives out of the game and look to Saturday to try our best to get a result.

“The manager highlighted some of the good things we’d done and he talked about some of the things we could improve on. We’ll work on it ahead of the weekend and hopefully we’ll implement them in the game.”

Carlisle created several good chances and Amoo agreed that the team were unlucky not to come away with at least a point.

“We had a good few chances,” he agreed. “I think I had a header cleared off the line, there was one I hit across the face of goal and Mills [Lee Miller] had a little chance at the end.

“There were opportunities for us and we felt we could have nicked something out of it. That’s just how football is sometimes. It can be cruel and unfair, but it happens.”

Over 15,000 fans were in attendance for the game at Bramall Lane and he admitted that he enjoyed having the chance to play in front of a big crowd.

“It was class,” he said. “Both sets of fans were fantastic and it was a good atmosphere. Everyone was really up for it and you could feel that on the pitch. Most of our play was positive and we responded to it so, like I say, hopefully it’ll be the same at the weekend.”

Amoo is United’s top scorer this season and he hopes he can make a contribution between now and the end of the season.

“There are eleven games to go so I’m hoping to get a few more goals to help the team,” he told us. “If I can get three or four more before the end of the season I’ll be really happy.”

And it goes without saying that Saturday’s game against Stevenage is an important one for both clubs.

“It’s a six pointer,” he commented. “I think they’re one point below us. All the games from now until the end of the season are huge and it starts from 3pm on Saturday.

“We’ve got Stevenage and Notts County, then Shrewsbury and Tranmere. These are clubs which are near or below us in the league. If we do well then it will stand us in good stead going into April.

“I think at the moment survival is our main aim. If we achieve that then we’ll see a transitional period over the summer with a few players coming in and going out. At the moment we’re just focusing on now, and surviving in the league. That’s the important issue for us all.”

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