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INTERVIEW: The lads have been flying

21 December 2015

Defender Macaulay Gillesphey on the Notts County game

Defender Macaulay Gillesphey spoke to us shortly after full time on Saturday about the Notts County victory at Deepdale.

"It was a good game for me to come back into the starting line up," he told us. "The lads played well, but Notts County were better than I thought they would be. They were quite good going forward I thought.

"The lads have been flying so it was good for us to carry that on. I've been at the home games before the floods and the lads have been playing really well, so it's good to be involved again. It's made it easier for me to come back in because everyone is confident around me. That makes me feel more confident about myself when I'm playing."

"Mark [Gillespie] pulled off two worldies to keep it at 1-0, but I think the whole team played well today," he continued. "It was a bit strange coming to Deepdale to play a home game but it's a nice ground. You could hear our fans during the whole game and they were top class today.

"To see the devastation left behind by the floods was a strange experience. People are just getting on with things and the support we received from them today was great."

"The last few weeks have been frustrating for me," he admitted. "There's nothing you can do about it, so you just have to get on with it. I've been itching to get back and start playing again. I think I played alright today, so I'm pleased.

"We got the goals at important times and to get the second just before half time made us more relaxed going into the changing room. We knew we still had to be at it, because if they'd grabbed an early goal in the second half anything could have happened." 

On slotting back into the left back role, he said: "It's good to play behind Danny [Grainger]. He's very vocal and he's obviously the captain, so he keeps me right. It's definitely a plus to have him playing in front of me.

"All of the lads have been great, to be honest. The dressing room is unbelievable at the moment. Everything is positive and there's a lot of experience in there, which is great for me to work with." 

"The three points was a great Christmas present for the fans, after everything they've gone though," he concluded. "We got a nice clean sheet as well so hopefully we can carry that on over the festive period."

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