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INTERVIEW: Nice to be in double figures

28 February 2016

Striker Charlie Wyke on penalties and assists

Striker Charlie Wyke made it into double figures for the season with his second half penalty strike at Morecambe on Saturday and we caught up with him after full time to get some immediate post-match reaction.

“We were made to work hard but I think we were really disappointed with our first half,” he said. “It wasn’t good enough but we all know that. It was good that we came out for the second half and showed everyone what we are really about.

“It was obviously a decent win in the end and it was fantastic support from the fans. We had to put a performance on for them at the very least and I think we did that after the break.”

“We were behind at half time but we knew we had 45 minutes to put it right,” he continued. “It wasn’t nice to have to sit in the dressing room at half time knowing how we’d been playing. Thankfully we sorted it out.

“The penalty played a part in that and I thought it was the right decision. I didn’t dive or anything and he had his arms round me, so it was a penalty. We then had Jabo [Ibehre] stood on the penalty spot and Alex [Gilliead] had hold of the ball, but there was no chance they were getting it off me. I have to say that’s Danny Grainger off the penalties now as well!”

“It’s obviously another goal for me and it’s nice to be in double figures when I haven’t played too many games,” he confirmed. “I just want to keep scoring and the aim is to catch Jabo as soon as possible.

“I think I’ll be claiming an assist for the second goal as well. I only took about 15 players on inside the box so hopefully that will come my way. I probably should have had a shot but I cut inside and thankfully Derek [Asamoah] finished it off.”

“It’s great when that happens with all the fans there,” he said. “It was a huge relief as well as a great feeling. We’ve said all along that we have to win these games to keep the momentum going. We’ve got two tough home games coming up but we’re more than capable of coming out of it with six points.

“The back-to-back games we’ve had to play have been hard and it is tough on your legs, and things like that. You’ve just got to give 100% and make sure you keep training hard. If you do that everything usually comes good in the games.

“That showed through in this game because we were really good in the second half. I think we can definitely make the play-offs because there’s more than enough talent in the squad. Once we’re in there you never know what can happen.”

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