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INTERVIEW: Hopefully a few more will follow

Striker Richie Bennett on his goal against Chesterfield

31 October 2017

We spoke to striker Richie Bennett shortly after full time at Chesterfield on Saturday to get his thoughts on bagging his first goal for the club.

“It was a great way to get off the mark,” he said. “It's taken a bit longer than I’d hoped, I'd have liked to have scored earlier on in my time here, but I’ll take that. 

“On another day we could have hung on for a 2-1 win which would have made it even better. We’ve got a point away from home, but we are a bit disappointed because we wanted the win."

“I had a similar opportunity last week where I had a shot from quite a way out, but it didn’t go in on that occasion." he continued. "I saw the goal open up in front of me today and I knew it was a chance for me to hit it. If you get it on target you just have to see what comes from it. Luckily it went in the bottom corner.

“I think all the lads were pleased that I'd scored my first goal because they know that once that first one goes in, hopefully a few more will follow. I’m pleased to get on the scoresheet and although it would have been good to get the win, a point away from home isn’t too bad."

On his three match suspension after the red card at Crawley, he said: “I hate being out the squad but the suspension has given me chance to work hard. I’ve been in the gym with Lee Fearn at the same time as training hard with the lads.

"It was nice to get back on the pitch last week after three games of watching because all you want to do is be involved and help the lads. It’s nice to get back in the team and I'll now try and do my bit to help us get to where we want to be.

“Getting that goal is a start with that. I’ve scored a few like it before, to be fair, so I have got it in my locker. Like I say, hopefully a few more will follow. I enjoy the ones from a couple of yards out, they all mean a lot, but I just want to get a few more however they go in. I'm looking to get myself off on a bit of a run."

His return from his three-game suspension has also seen him have an impact doing the other work expected of a player leading the line.

“One of the things I knew I needed to work on when I came here was my hold-up play and my touches to bring others into the game," he told us. "I knew it wasn’t my strength, but I’ve been on the training pitch working hard.

"I’ve been trying to do the simple stuff and simplify my game and I think it's paying off. There's obviously still massive room for improvement, but I hope this can be the start of it. 

“I'm here to help the team get good results and we're disappointed to not come away with the win. We’ve been saying in the dressing room that we probably need to be more ruthless in terms of finishing another chance, or even keeping hold of the ball better.

"It’s small margins that win and lose games because all the games in this league are tight. They had the crowd right behind them but if we’d just held on for another five minutes it would have been three points."

On the FA Cup game against Oldham Athletic next weekend, he said: “I think I was the only one in the dressing room who was pleased with the draw!

"It’s nice to play one of your old teams but as long as I get on and have a positive impact, and help us to get a positive result, I’ll be happy.

“I would obviously love to start but if I don’t I’ll keep the same attitude, keep my head down and keep working hard. I just want to keep doing the right things and the rewards will come when I get on the pitch.

“I think it’s important to get the home form right so we can start climbing the table. Our away form is up there with the best in the league. Another point away from home is a good point if you’re winning your home games.

"If we can get a run of results at home and keep our away form going then we’ll be right up there.”

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