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INTERVIEW: We're going there ready to do a job

Hallam Hope on consistency and scoring goals

27 October 2017

Striker Hallam Hope stabbed the ball home from close range last Saturday to register his fifth goal of the season as he gave United a deserved first half lead against table-toppers Notts County.

Speaking first about the finish, he said: “A goal’s a goal whether it’s from 20-yards or on the line. I was happy to get it because I’m happy to get any goal.

"We’ve been working in training on being in the right places inside the box because we’ve got players who can put the ball into good areas, so that made it even better. Nicky Adams is good at doing that with his crossing and there’s Jamie Devitt and Reggie Lambe who do the same. As a striker you know you just need to be in the right position to attack the ball.”

“With that particular goal - maybe I did nick it off Reggie [Lambe], but he hit it off me and all I had to do was direct it in,” he joked. “Obviously that’s five for the season now and I’m pleased with that because something I wanted to do when I came here was score goals.

“Hopefully I’ll be getting a lot more this season as well.”

On the current unbeaten run, he told us: “We’ve had three good performances and it was important for us to do that. It’s something we want to build on and keep going. We’re looking for consistency so we can go on a run.

“The good thing is that we know the squad is full of ability and if we play the way we can we’ll be winning games. With the table being so tight we know if we put a run together we can easily get up there.”

“I’m pleased with my own form at the moment,” he added. “Like I say, I want to carry on scoring, playing as many games as possible and doing what I can to help the team.

If that means playing in different roles for the manager, then that’s fine. My preferred position is as a striker but if I’m needed to play left or right I’m more than happy to do it.”

Next up for the Blues is the trip to the Proact Stadium on Saturday.

“We go to Chesterfield on Saturday looking to win the game, as we do every time we play,” he commented. “We’ve been solid away from home and it’s something we’ve talked about as a group. Obviously we want to get it right at home, but we also want to keep the away run going.

“I don’t think we go there taking anything for granted. Anyone can turn up on their day in this league and put in a decent performance, and that’s why we have to go there in the right frame of mind and ready to do a job.

“If we don’t do that they could hurt us, so we’ll be going out there to work hard.”

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