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INTERVIEW: There were some silly errors

Luke Joyce with his thoughts on the Swindon game

8 August 2017

We caught up with midfielder Luke Joyce shortly after full time on Saturday following the opening day defeat against Swindon.

“We’re frustrated because you always want to get points on the board on the opening day of the season,” he said. “We wanted to get maximum points and we’re frustrated with the goals we conceded, and the manner in which we conceded them, because we know we’re better than that.

“We pushed and did everything we could in the second half. We were getting balls and bodies in the box but it just didn’t fall for us. I thought we deserved at least a point out of the game."

“The result is all that matters," he admitted. "If you don’t come away with points on the board it doesn’t matter how well you played. It obviously hasn’t been enough to win the game and that was the case today. We’ll look at the positives and negatives to come out of it and work on them ahead of the game on Tuesday.

“We’ll be fine on Tuesday because we’ve got some good lads in that dressing room. We didn’t quite get the rub of the green today and there were some silly errors with some bad decision making.

We’ll go and give it a good go on Tuesday against a team from the league above ...

Luke Joyce

"We know we’ve been the architects of our own downfall so we’ll be working to improve that. We’ll go and give it a good go on Tuesday against a team from the league above."

Speaking more about the mistakes which cost United the goals, he said: “There were errors last year and we’ve said in the changing room that we don’t want things like that coming up every week.

"People make mistakes, everyone is human, so we know it’s going to happen. We’ll learn from the mistakes early and look to build on that for the rest of the season."

And on his goal which put the Blues well and truly on the front-foot, he said: “I don’t think I’ve ever been any club’s top goalscorer! It’s obviously nice to get the goal but I’d rather have the three points. I think anyone would swap that.

"It is nice to get the goal because it's one of the aims I’ve set myself, and the gaffer has talked to me about it as well. I want to get in the box more and get more goals. I’ve started with one today and hopefully I can build on that."

“Overall there are plenty of positives to take out of the game," he concluded. "We’ve got lads making their debuts and playing their first 90 minutes. We put Swindon under good pressure in the second half and things just didn’t break for us. On another day we could have won the game easily.

“It’s good that we’ve got a game on Tuesday. We’ll train Monday and prepare before we go down there. They’ve got a good pitch and they’re a decent team, so it'll be a good test for us.”

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