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INTERVIEW: I think I could have got more

10 May 2016

Jabo Ibehre on the Notts County game

We spoke to striker Jabo Ibehre following his two-goal haul against Notts County on Saturday, which took his total for the season to 17.

"I definitely scored two goals," he insisted. "Jason [Kennedy] knew it was mine and I don't even know why he tried to claim it! 

"When it came into the box it hit me and went past Jason before it went in, so it's definitely my goal. I was always told if there was any doubt just run away with your hand up, so that's what I did, but I was pretty sure it was my goal." 

"I'm pleased to take my final tally to 17," he told us. "I think I could have got more so there's room for improvement. I'm happy with that and it's been great to be part of a good season with some fantastic people."

"A few coaches have told me that if I'm not scoring I've still got to make sure I get chances," he explained. "Eventually a chance will go your way and you'll get your goal.

"If you aren't getting any chances you definitely won't score and sometimes you've just got to be in a position to miss chances. You've got to learn from them so it makes you stronger and I still want to learn and improve." 

"The two goals today were satisfying," he agreed. "It was good to round the season off on a positive note. It's good to not have to go towards next season thinking about how long it's been since I last scored. It's obviously a great result for the team and it will be a nice journey home for everyone now." 

Looking back at the season as a whole, he said: "I've learned a lot. During the first half of the season I was flying and I just seemed to have that touch. 

"All of a sudden goals were harder to come by. You have to learn what to do in those situations so that you can address it and become tougher. That includes away from the pitch, when things weren't going my way, so I have learned a lot about myself this season.

"To hear over 700 fans singing your name is fantastic. It's been nothing but a dream being with Carlisle United because they've been absolutely fantastic with me. It's nice to be able to show my appreciation at the end of the game and I just want to thank them all for their support this season."

"I think today showed what we're about and what we can do," he told us. "When we're on it we can be a very efficient team, particularly if we do the right things at the right times. It's nice to end on a high so we're going into next season on the back of a positive result. 

"There are a lot of positives to take away because we know if we do things right we're more than a match for anyone in this division."

On his final tally of 17 for the season, he said: "I set out to have a good season here, but to finish as the top scorer is absolutely fantastic.

"I went through a little period where I wasn't getting the goals I would have liked, but Charlie [Wyke] has done very well as well. Hopefully we can continue that partnership during next season and we can go on and get promoted.

"We had momentum earlier on in the season, we were playing some efficient football, and the squad and the spirit was fantastic. We were all working hard in training, pre-season was tough and there was no mucking around.

"We'll all have learned about little things we could have done which could have taken us that bit further and helped us to push on. We've got as good a chance as any to do well next season and really run away with it."

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