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INTERVIEW: We're starting to come together as a team

Midfielder Nicky Adams ahead of the Exeter game

5 October 2017

Winger Nicky Adams insisted this week that United are poised to kick on following a run of good performances and two clean sheets from their last three league outings.

Speaking about the tight margins between victory and defeat in League Two, he said: “It’s still very early days and there’s a long way to go. We’re all a little bit frustrated that we aren’t further up the table at the moment, but look at both Exeter and Blackpool at this stage last season.

“Exeter were definitely below where we are now and Blackpool weren’t too far off it either. Look where they ended up – so there’s nothing too much to worry about. Even when you look at the games we’ve lost so far, there hasn’t been too much in them.

“Stevenage beat us here but there was absolutely nothing in that game. If we can tidy up on a few things then we won’t be too far off because the difference between wins and defeats is fine lines in this division.”

“We put Crewe to the sword two weeks ago and we didn’t do too much different when we came up against Stevenage,” he commented. “We were the better team in a game we lost, but that was down to the chances we created just not going our way.

“There are plenty good, positive signs. We haven’t started as well as we wanted to but we’re ticking along nicely. It’s early days and we aren’t reading into it too much. As long as we’re there or thereabouts we’ll always have a great chance.”

Having been the subject of rumour after rumour towards the end of the summer transfer window we wondered if Brunton Park was still the home for him.

“I think everyone knows the gaffer here gets the best out of me, whatever role it is he wants me to play,” he said. “On the last day of the transfer window someone came in for me, but when I spoke to the gaffer about it he said he’d nearly crashed his car.

“There was just no hesitation from me. I went to see him and I told him that I just want to play for him and be here. I love playing my football for Carlisle and I think everyone knows I go out there and play with a smile on my face.

“I just want to be me, that’s all I ever do, try and be a nuisance and create chances for my team. Whether it’s on the left, right or down the middle, I think everyone has seem me play enough to know that I’ll create chances.”

Next up for the Blues is the visit of high-flying Exeter City on Saturday for a game between two sides who know a lot about each other.

“I can’t wait for Saturday,” he admitted. “We had four good games with them last year, and something like 21 goals, so it’s got all the makings of a good game. It’ll probably be 0-0 now I’ve said that!

“I think I said it at the end of the season but in terms of an advert for the league it doesn’t get much better than what these teams did in those games.

“They’re a good side, we know that, and they aren’t up at the top of the league for nothing. We’re a good side in our own right and I think the last few games have given us a bit more belief.

“We’ll go into it feeling confident and it should be a good one for the fans. Hopefully we’ll come out on top. We’ll be ready, we know what we’re good at and I think we’re starting to come together as a team now.”

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