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Jamie Devitt on the Lincoln game on Monday

4 April 2018

We caught up with midfielder Jamie Devitt shortly after full time on Monday evening following a frustrating defeat against Lincoln City at Brunton Park.

“The dressing room is deflated at the moment,” he admitted. “We know it’s going to be hard, but we’ll have to pick ourselves up because we’ve got a big game against Swindon next weekend.

“We have to keep believing we can do it. Everyone is going to be down after today’s result and the supporters are probably thinking that’s it now. As players we don’t think like that at all.

"If we can go and get a positive result next week everything can change again. We need to keep positive and we need to try and keep the people around us positive as well."

“I don’t think there was anything in the game whatsoever to be honest," he told us. "I think they had one chance and we had one chance, but they scored and got the goal which has made the difference in the end.

“It was a disappointing way to concede, it was clever from their player, but we switched off a little bit. We’re all just disappointed about it to be honest. We kept going right until the end of the game but nothing fell for us today, which was really frustrating."

On the penalty decision, which was then overturned by the referee, he said: “I don’t want to say too much about the referee and the penalty, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before where a ref has given hand ball, adamant that it’s a penalty, then changed his own mind.

"The linesman wasn’t involved in the situation whatsoever. When the ref went over, the linesman told him he hadn’t see it, so it was up to him. How he can then turn around and change his own decision, I’m not sure. I’ve never seen it before, but I just have to be careful with what I say.

“I think that decision probably did take a bit of our momentum away, and it knocked the crowd as well. The penalty would have got us right back in the game and we would have been on top. It did deflate us a little bit, we’re all frustrated at the moment and we’ll look back on it and hope things change next weekend."

And on the Mike Jones sending off, he commented: “I think Jona made two fouls in the whole game and the referee couldn’t get his cards out quickly enough.

"The first yellow card was his first tackle, and another ref might have seen it as his first tackle after 60 minutes, so been a bit more lenient. For the second one he couldn’t get his card out quickly enough, but again I don’t want to say too much and get into trouble."

One bright personal note for the in-form playmaker was a third Peter Jackson the Jeweller Man of the Match award, but he was quick to point out that three points would have been the more welcome outcome.

“It’s always nice to get man of the match, but today isn’t a day for enjoying things like that," he insisted. "If we’d gone on and scored then won I would be up here happy, but the three points is what we needed today and we didn’t get them.

“We know what we need to do for the next five games now. We need to win at least four and not get beat in the fifth. We’ll go this weekend and put a positive performance in, and we’re really confident we can get the three points.”

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