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INTERVIEW: It's a team award really

11 November 2016

Midfielder Jason Kennedy on his player of the month award

Goal scoring midfielder Jason Kennedy was confirmed as the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for October this morning having bagged five goals in five appearances and helped his team to an amazing six consecutive wins.

We were there to talk to him about it when he received his award earlier this week.

“We’ve all worked hard this month,” he said. “It’s a nice personal award for me but it’s a team award really because the lads have been superb. I think it’s an award everyone involved with Carlisle United can be proud of.

“I’ve actually been nominated for the award before but I didn’t win on that occasion. When that happens to you it’s a case of telling everyone that it isn’t really a big deal. The reality is that when you actually receive the award it’s great. It’s given me a lot of pride knowing that my hard work is paying off and that it’s being recognised.”

And he was quick to also acknowledge the part his team mates had played in helping to gain the award.

“The lads have been superb all season, from pre-season all the way through,” he told us. “There’s a great work ethic within the team and there’s a belief that we’ll go out in each game and do well.

“The gaffer gives us a plan for every game and we make sure we carry that out. We’re getting our rewards for that as individuals and as a group. I’m feeling good at the moment and confidence is high within the team.

“There’s great belief in what we’re doing within the football club and we’re getting the backing from the fans who are coming out in bigger numbers. Hopefully that will continue. It’s a great place to be at the moment and we’re working hard every day in training. I love it and I think all of the lads in the dressing room are as well.”

A big factor in him getting the award has been the fact that he has now taken his goal scoring to eight for the season – already his best ever return.

“Even though I’ve already scored more goals this season than I ever have before I’m just taking each game as it comes,” he insisted. “I’ll keep trying to build on that tally and see where it takes me through the rest of the season.

“We’ve been going over where the lads have been putting the ball in training sessions and quite a lot of my goals are coming from set pieces, which Simon Tracey and the staff work hard on. They seem to keep falling for me at the moment so there are a lot of people who need to take credit for the goals I’ve been scoring as well.”

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