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INTERVIEW: We're in an environment where we don't give up

Danny Grainger on the Cambridge victory

16 August 2017

We spoke to club captain Danny Grainger shortly after the first league win of the season at Cambridge on Saturday.

“It’s obviously massive to get the first league win,” he said. “Last week we felt like we let ourselves and the fans down because we didn’t put on a performance we were capable of.

“This game wasn’t a classic by any means but we showed that we could battle it out. Not many teams will come here and get three points against a very physical team.

"We knew what they were about, the manager set us up to do what we needed to do and the game plan worked perfectly.

“We know we’re going to have to mix it up this year and we know teams will come and try and press us and make us go long. We showed that we can deal with that.

"I thought it was a fantastic performance from Richie [Bennett] and Hallam [Hope] because they destroyed their centre halves at stages. It was a fantastic performance all round which is topped off nicely by getting all three points."

On the demanding environment which has seen the lads react positively twice to go on and get a victory over the course of the last seven days, he said: “I’ve been here the longest with the gaffer now and since he’s came in we all know what he wants from players.

"It doesn’t matter if we’re one down, two down or three down, we’ll still come back and keep going.

"We don’t give up and I think that’s shown in a lot of games. When we do go behind or get pegged back when we’re dominating we can still be the better team and go on and win it.

“We’ve got a very good squad and I think the manager is going to have headaches left, right and centre in the next few weeks. We’ve got big games coming up and he’s going to have lads chomping at the bit because they all want to play.

"It’s great to see lads coming on from the bench and influencing games like they did the other night. It isn’t just going to be 11 players who win us promotion, it’s going to be a big squad effort."

And on what has been a largely successful opening week of the new campaign, he said: "We showed in spells against Swindon last week what we could do and I think if there was another ten minutes left in the game I wouldn’t have been surprised if we’d gone on and won it.

"We sat down and said among ourselves that we can’t give teams an hour headstart before we turn up and start playing. I think we showed that on Tuesday and again at Cambridge. We came out of the blocks really well and on another day Richie could have had a hat-trick and we could have been comfortable by half time.

We’re obviously pleased to get two good away victories but the frustrating side of it for us is that we need to start doing it at Brunton Park in front of our own fans ...

Danny Grainger

“We’re obviously pleased to get two good away victories but the frustrating side of it for us is that we need to start doing it at Brunton Park in front of our own fans. We can’t thank the supporters enough for travelling.

"They backed us all the way and helped us get over the line. We want to do the same against Cheltenham next week."

And on next Tuesday night's Carabao Cup second round meeting with Championship giants Sunderland, he said: "That's a nice draw. We’ve shown in the past that we do well in the cups and the games are important to the club because they get people through the gates.

"Our bread and butter this year is getting out of League Two but it's a nice bonus to have the Sunderland game round the corner.”

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