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INTERVIEW: I'm getting the knack of this now

2 November 2016

Jason Kennedy on his current run of scoring form

Midfielder Jason Kennedy notched up goal number seven of the season at the weekend – equalling his best ever return with over two-thirds of the campaign still to play – and he admitted that having confidence in his team mates to put the ball in to good areas has played a huge part in his current impressive run.

“I’m getting the knack of this now,” he said. “I’m getting in the box and I seem to keep getting on the end of things. On Saturday, as soon as the ball went back across the face of goal to Michael Raynes I started to make my movement.

“I didn’t even look at the ball because I know he wins it the majority of the time. Fortunately I’ve been getting on the end of them, so it’s brilliant. It is something we work on because I’ve started to get used to the flicks he does, and things like that.

“It’s starting to come naturally because there’s a belief that as soon as it’s going to him there’s going to be something to get on the end of. There’s a confidence that I’ll be scoring goals at the moment and I seem to be getting a chance at least once a game. As I say, they’re going in for me and long may that continue.

“My next target is to reach ten. Seven is the highest I’ve ever had in a season so the aim is to push on to double figures now.”

“M goal came at a good time because a one goal lead can be difficult to hold at times,” he added. “It gave us a cushion, then the third one made it a bit more comfortable. When we got into the dressing room the gaffer told us that he wanted us to make sure we put them to the sword.

“Crawley are a very good attacking team and we turned them over because of the preparation we did. The result was thoroughly deserved. There’s a strong belief within the dressing room that we take each game as it comes and we perform as well as we can.”

Possibly even bigger than the three points on Saturday was the first goal of the season for fellow midfielder Luke Joyce – a strike which was greeted by the loudest cheer of the day.

“You saw how the lads reacted when he scored,” he said. “It was an unbelievable finish and everyone was buzzing for him. We’ve been waiting a long time for that, but it was worth it.

“He works hard every day in training and on the field so to finally get that goal after having taken a lot of stick on the training ground was fantastic for him and for all of us.

“Unfortunately it means that we’ll have to find something else to take the mickey out of him for now. I’m sure the lads will find something, but he is quite tight so we could always stick with that.”

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