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INTERVIEW: It keeps the momentum going

9 November 2016

Jabo Ibehre on his goals against St Albans City

We spoke to striker Jabo Ibehre shortly after full time on Sunday as he scored two goals in the 5-3 victory over St Albans City.

“The celebration was Reggie’s [Lambe] fault," he told us. "We room with each other on away trips and there’s some craze in America called the mannequin challenge, so we said if we scored we would do the mannequin freeze. That's where it came from and I’m sure it will catch on at some point!

“It was a tough game and I'd say it was harder than some of the previous league games, to be honest. St Albans were really competitive and credit to them because we really had to dig deep. We showed good character and that’s what we’re about at the moment. We don’t know when we’re beaten, we can roll our sleeves up and muck in.

“When they got that early goal you start thinking that it’s going to be a typical FA Cup game but we kept our heads and we knew there was plenty of time to go.

"The gaffer told us at half time that we had to maintain our standards and make sure they didn’t drop. We came out for the second half and we wanted to be more mobile and get back on it. Thankfully we did that and we scored at the right times."

On his brace, he said: “I just try to score as many goals as I can and be in the right place at the right time. I’ll keep trying to score and help this great run so that we see where we can go as a team.

"I was in the right place and they were two good deliveries from Mike Jones and Danny Grainger. We’ve got that in abundance, it’s what we’re all about. If we can put the ball in the box, with the strikers we’ve got, we know we can score goals from them."

“The important thing is that it got us into the draw for the next round," he commented. "Credit to St Albans, they made it really tough and it was a good game for the neutrals.

“When you’re on a good run everyone is buzzing but it isn’t something you can turn on and off. We had no right to turn up and think we were going to win so it’s good to maintain that aggressiveness in our minds.

"We went to St Albans to win and to get a positive result. It keeps the momentum going for the games on Wednesday and Saturday.”

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