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INTERVIEW: A good mentality within the dressing room

22 December 2015

Jason Kennedy on his man of the match performance against Notts County

Midfielder Jason Kennedy spoke to us about his man of the match performance against Notts County on Saturday.

"All of the lads were up for it today," he said. "It was nice to get man of the match but I think it could have been anyone. It was a great overall team performance.

"It was important to keep the momentum going after the Oxford game and there's a good mentality within the dressing room now. We have our laugh and joke but we know when we need to be serious and get down to business.

"Come Saturday everyone is focused, we take each game as it comes and we carry on bringing our performances."

"I fancied myself to score before the penalty," he admitted. "The gaffer is giving me a bit of stick about not scoring so it would have been nice. I knew I could get a touch on it and if I did I knew there would be contact.

"I didn't bother asking to take it because Danny [Grainger] won't give anyone else a penalty at the moment. I think the strikers would be ahead of me anyway!"

"On a Thursday and Friday the gaffer really drills into us what he wants on a Saturday," he told us. "He tells us what he expects in terms of team shape and everyone knows their roles within the team. That includes the lads on the bench who could come on.

"It's really enjoyable to be involved in when it's like this. Within the full squad you know what you're going to get, whoever is playing. We all give full committed performances with honesty and that's all you ask from your team mates."

"I think it will start getting harder for us to impose ourselves the more people realise how well we're playing," he admitted. "Every game is hard anyway so we'll just take them as they come. We're coming up to the Christmas period and hopefully we can carry on our form." 

On playing the game away from Brunton Park, he said: "We prepared as we normally would have done for an away game. We stopped for our pre-match meal before the game and the gaffer has done everything to perfection really.

"For 3,000 fans to make the trip down, particularly with what's going on at home, is unbelievable. As a community and a club everyone is pulling together, which can only benefit us all.

"We want to put smiles on their faces because what's happening in Cumbria now isn't nice for anyone, especially over Christmas. On the pitch, if we can put a smile on a few people's faces for the day then we're happy.

"Looking into next week, I think the gaffer will give us a few days off to make sure we recover from today's game, but we'll be back on it and preparing for Accrington. We want a performance like today rather than the performance we put on at Accrington last year."

When asked how far this team can go this season, he simply said: "As far as it wants to."

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