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INTERVIEW: Great to score in front of the fans

20 March 2015

Kyle Dempsey on his goal and the Northampton Town victory

Midfielder Kyle Dempsey spoke to us about his goal and assist in the victory over Northampton Town on Tuesday night.

Speaking first about his fantastic headed finish, he said: "When the cross from David Amoo came over I actually thought the keeper was going to come and get it. He stayed on his line so I thought, I'm just going to try and jump as high as I can. I don't really know how to explain how I managed to get it to go where it went!

"I don't get the opportunity to do that sort of thing usually so it was good to be able to show people I have actually got a decent heading attribute.

"It was great to score it right in front of our fans and it took the edge off the game as well. They had a few chances after we got the first goal, so to get the second was a massive relief. It meant we could play the last 15 minutes or so without that pressure on our shoulders."

"At the start of the season I didn't even think I would be in the squad, so to have eight goals is brilliant," he continued. "I just wanted to be on the bench during pre-season, so for me to be starting and scoring goals is great. I'm hoping to get to double figures - I might try and make it on Saturday and get two!

"The assist was pleasing as well. I'd taken the right back inside and tried to get my shot away a couple of times. I thought he'd be thinking I was going to do the same again so I decided to go down the line. Luckily Jason [Kennedy] was there to finish it off once I'd crossed it in."

On his new role on the left flank, he told us: "I didn't get much joy on the left against York but I had a bit more time and space to express myself on Tuesday night. Once I get more time and I can confront the right back I think that's when I look a lot more dangerous."

"The result was massive," he admitted. "The changing room was bouncing after the game, especially after we'd seen the teams around us had won.

"That made it even more important. You obviously know who is around you, so you just want to know how they've got on as soon as possible. Our win was made even bigger after we saw who else had picked up three points."

United's current top scorer, with eight to his name from a fantastic first season in the professional ranks, also admitted that he is enjoying the battle for starting places now that two more midfielders have been added to the ranks.

"Paul Corry and Jason Kennedy kept the midfield really tight on Tuesday night," he said. "Northampton didn't do us much damage through the middle and the way they both played allowed me to have more space on the wing. 

"Their arrivals have upped the competition for places. We've got numbers and quality in the squad so it makes you want to give your all in training to show the gaffer what you can do.

"The last two away games have shown the fans the belief is there in all of us. I think people were doubting us after we lost three in a row, but we've shown we can be consistent and get victories and draws. Hopefully we can take that form into Saturday.

"Morecambe is another massive game and hopefully we can get another three points for the fans. They see it as a local derby and that does make you want to win even more. We all want to do well and get the three points we need."

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