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INTERVIEW: The gaffer gives me licence to go and attack

Jerry Yates on his early season form

31 August 2018

Forward Jerry Yates spoke to us this week about his early season form which has seen him get a consistent run in John Sheridan's starting team.

“It’s been good to get a run of starts in the team,” he admitted. “To be getting 90 minutes then being around the lads where the morale is all good has been really enjoyable.

"We’ve had three wins in a week, which is a bonus, and we just want to maintain that now and keep going.

“We had a bit of a shaky start but the boys have dug deep in the last three games, especially on Saturday. We weren’t on our game as much as we have been but we ground the result out and got the three points."

“We’re playing an attacking style of play and I’m enjoying it," he continued. "I’m on the right-hand side, which is different for me, but I am enjoying it and the gaffer is giving me licence to go and attack.

"I am having to help the back four out, but I’m doing a lot of attacking as well. Being on the right and having defensive responsibility is new, but I don’t mind it.

"I like to think I’ve got a bit of an engine to get up and down that right-hand side. I think I’m getting used to it a bit now, but I am definitely enjoying it."

On the rapport he's built up with the Blue Army, he said: “The fans have made me feel really welcome. They’re a good set of fans who really get behind us and don’t shout abuse, and things like that, which is different to some other clubs I’ve played at!

"They’re a good set of supporters and they’ve always got our backs, which is a really good environment to play in."

Saturday's home game was his 50th senior appearance, a milestone which almost passed him by.

“I didn’t realise I’d made 50 senior appearances until I saw it on Twitter," he admitted. "It’s a good stepping stone, but my next target has to be 100.

“Obviously I also want to score. A goal for Carlisle feels like it’s a long time coming. It is playing on my mind a little bit now, but I feel like once I score one they’ll come flooding in.

"I’ve had a few chances and my main target is to score goals, but if I’m contributing to wins for the team then I’m happy with that."

And on his own performances, he commented: “Sometimes the gaffer and the coaches are on my back, but I know it’s because they’ve got belief and confidence in me and they just want to push me on.

"I know I play the game at 100mph and the gaffer does tell me to slow down a bit at times, but that’s just how I am. I like to work hard and get about the pitch.

“The mood in the dressing room is a lot different now because we’ve had those three wins. We were a bit low after the first couple of games, but confidence is really high and the mood in training is really good now."

Next up for United is the trip to Field Mill on Saturday.

“Mansfield will be a tough away trip, but we’ll go there looking to grind out another result and hopefully get another three points," he told us. "We’ve got to put the last three games behind us and focus on the next one, and we’ll be looking to go down there and beat them."

And on the news that goalkeeper Joe Fryer has broken his leg, he said: “To lose a character like Joe from the dressing room is never nice.

"We all obviously wish him the best. We want to try and win the games for him now.”

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