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INTERVIEW: The result was massive

18 November 2014

Matt Robson on the Accrington Stanley game

Matt Robson spoke to us about the 1-0 victory over Accrington Stanley shortly after full time on Saturday. 

"The result was massive," he said. "It's even more important now that we've seen the other results because they've gone in our favour. It's still early doors but the three points today were huge.

"I think we took the performance from the game at Peterborough into this one. We were very unfortunate not to get anything in the FA Cup game so we wanted to build on that. We created chances and we probably should have had more goals." 

"It was always going to be tough because they've been on a good run," he added. "Clean sheets win games and with the attacking threats we have we're always going to create chances. Their keeper kept them in it really. We haven't had many clean sheets this season, and you build your foundations on that, so hopefully we can keep scoring the goals.

"The goal came at the right time because we were in the ascendancy. We wanted to build on that but we said at half time we didn't need to be desperate and leave ourselves exposed at the back. We knew we would get the chances as they tried to come at us and we were unfortunate not to get more goals." 

"I don't think there was any doubt when Derek [Asamoah] went through that he was going to score," he said. "He's a very laid back guy and he's always chilled out so I'm sure there was no doubt in his mind either. He's in great form, I think that's four in five, which is a fantastic return. Long may it continue.

"It would have been nice to get more goals but I think that's the only negative from the game. All of the lads in the dressing room would bite your hand off if you offered them 1-0 every time we play. 

"I did think the shot I had at the end was in. I had it in my mind that I was going to slot it in then I saw everybody running over so I tried to put it back the other way. I think it was Tom [Aldred] who cleared it off the line, but I'm not bothered if I don't score and we win."

On his return to the left wing berth, he said: "I do enjoy playing further forward and I've been given licence to not have to worry about defending. I think I've been guilty of doing my defensive duties first in the past, but the gaffer has told me that as a wide man my job is to attack. Hopefully I'll get a good run of games and be involved in the team climbing up the table.

"Danny [Grainger] and myself have got a good understanding and it's been long overdue for us to play together. We did well in pre-season, I'm not sure if that's because of our experience, but I know when to fill in if he overlaps and things like that. He's taken the captain's armband and he's leading by example."

And on his run of games, he said: "The gaffer isn't hiding the fact if you're playing well you're going to stay in the team, so it's up to the eleven who have the shirts to keep hold of them. There will be changes, we've got a busy period coming up and the pitches are getting heavier, so hopefully we can get some of the injured lads back and get even more competition in the squad.

"There's a lot of confidence in the dressing room. You don't want to say we're in a false position because we are where we are for a reason. We've got to do our best to get ourselves out of the bottom half of the table and the squad we have here are very capable of that. If we get a good run of results the confidence will just grow and grow, so it's all positive.

"We've got to focus on the teams above us now and try and climb the table. We've got a run of games coming up that we should be confident we can take points from. Hopefully we can be mid-table by the time Christmas comes round then we can really go for it after the New Year." 

"I think there's still more to come from me," he told us. "Playing games is important and there's no better feeling than getting your fitness back. There were lads who have came on for 10 or 15 minutes, and they were blowing, so it is one of the most difficult things to do. I'm feeling stronger and fitter every day and hopefully I'll just keep giving more." 

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