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INTERVIEW: Loved every minute so far

15 April 2015

Matt Young on the Dagenham game

Defender Matt Young spoke to us about the victory over Dagenham ahead of training on Monday morning.

"The result on Saturday was absolutely huge," he said. "It was a massive game for us after the week we'd had as a club. Everyone knew what the game meant and we were all buzzing to get the win.

"The performance against Accrington wasn't good enough. The gaffer said what he had to say and he was right, and we've all moved on from that now. We had a chat amongst ourselves and said what we needed to do. We did that at the weekend and we need to make sure we carry it on for the remaining four games.

"We obviously had a long chat after the Accrington game and then had a another chat as players during the week. We got everything off our chest and put it down to football. We knew we could perform and do what we had to, so it was just a case of showing that. We're all pleased we did.

"We all built the Saturday game up because we knew what it meant. We knew we needed a win and we needed to show a lot of character. The talent in the dressing room is unquestionable and it's just a case of putting that onto the pitch on a Saturday. We need to carry that on for the final four games." 

On the arrival of Dave Atkinson, he said: "It's always good to have competition. It keeps everyone on their toes and I like a bit of a challenge. Dave came in and did well, he's played a few games and I obviously played at the weekend, so it's good to have healthy competition around the place.

"I don't think I'm a sulker when I'm not in the team. Not everything is going to be straightforward or the way you want it. You just have to accept that. When things are going against you and you aren't playing you have to get your head down and work hard to try and get back in the team." 

"I thought I did well on Saturday but we had loads of great performers," he commented "Jason [Kennedy] picked the man of the match award up, and he was incredible, but it is nice to know I was in contention. It's nice to hear good things from the fans after a game but I've got four games where I need to do that again. 

"We're obviously six points clear with these four games to go now. We're not mathematically safe but the three points were a big step towards that. We're under no illusions that the job is done and we've got to treat these matches like four cup finals.

"We're all mature and ugly enough to understand what these four games mean. We aren't safe and we won't be putting our feet up and thinking about our holidays until 5.15pm on the last day against Hartlepool." 

On the heart-stopping ending to the game on Saturday, he said: "I didn't actually see the added time go up on Saturday because I was just concentrating on the game. I was trying to make sure we were all in focus, then they hit the bar and your heart is in your mouth. I can't really remember the final six minutes but it was the biggest buzz when we heard the final whistle.

"Dagenham came up here for a fight but we stood up to it, matched it and probably beat it. It showed we've got fight in the dressing room, we do care and we do want to work for the club.

"With the red card, I think Troy [Archibald-Henville] and their player were just having a bit of a cuddle on the floor. I don't think it was anything more than handbags and I think their lad actually started it in the build up to the corner with Danny [Grainger].

"I know it's a scrap, and it isn't what you want to see on a football pitch, but we had that team unity and we all backed each other up. I think everyone was just trying to resolve it in as much of an orderly manner as possible." 

On his loan spell at Brunton Park, he said: "I've absolutely loved every minute of my time here so far. I've been here four months and played 16 times, so it's been absolutely brilliant. It was my first loan out and I've thrived off every minute of it. I've loved being involved in the dressing room and I've been learning all the time.

"This has been a fantastic club for me. I'm not too sure what the future holds for me yet so I'll just have to see what happens over the next few weeks. The manager, the lads and all of the staff around the club have welcomed me in and you never know what will happen in the summer."

And on Wednesday's trip to Burton, he said: "They've had a great season. I think, depending on how Bury get on on Tuesday, they can win promotion against us so they're still fighting for their own reasons. However, we've got a job to do as well. 

"It will be a good game and it's one we're all looking forward to."

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