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INTERVIEW: We need to continue doing the basics well

Kelvin Etuhu on the Macclesfield and Morecambe games

31 December 2018

We caught up with midfielder Kelvin Etuhu shortly after full time on Saturday to get his thoughts on the win over Macclesfield and his current form.

“We always knew this would be a tough game,” he said. “Teams like Macclesfield always give 110% so we knew we had to be on our game.

“I’m enjoying the way we’re playing at the moment, there's a bit of responsibility on me to make sure the other lads can get forward.

"It’s hard work but it’s worth it when we pick up the three points. I think the lads appreciate the hard work, and it’s brilliant to get the appreciation from the fans and coaching staff as well.

“Everyone who steps on the pitch wants to give their all and help each other out. If somebody makes a mistake there’s somebody making a run to get back in and help a team mate out, which is important, especially with a lot of games coming up. We just need to continue doing the basics well."

“It was a brilliant goal from Hallam [Hope] at an important time in the game," he commented. "It gave us a big lift going into half time, and it was a quality goal. Hallam has been doing well for us and it’s nice to see him getting on the scoresheet again.

“When we’re at home we always believe we can win the game, and we kept pushing right until the end to find that winning goal. It was brilliant for Jerry [Yates] to get that goal as well.

“We’ve got a good set of lads here and we all want to give 110% together. That’s where this form has come from, we’ve been working hard on the training pitch, and I think we’ve had a bit of luck along the way which every team needs."

On his personal form, which has already seen him make more appearances this season than he did in the whole of last season, he said: “I’m feeling good at the moment and I’ll just keep giving my best when I go on the pitch. I’ll just take each game as it comes and keep doing the simple things and working hard.

"This season has been a lot better for me personally because I’ve managed to stay fit. Last season was stop-start and it was quite difficult for me. This season has been great because I’ve had a good run of games.

“It was frustrating last year because it felt like every time I got going I would break down again with an injury. This season I’ve been consistent, and I’ve managed to stay fit for most of the season, so long may that continue.

“I said at the start of the season that prehab and rehab were vital to me this year and Dolly and Paddy [Maher] have been brilliant in terms of helping me with recovery and prehab work. Not just for me, but for all of the lads, it’s been a big help for us this season."

And ahead of the trip to Morecambe, he said: “As soon as you finish one game at this time of year you have to focus on the next one because they all come around so quickly.

"The league is so tight, but the lads believe we can keep pushing on. We have to take each game as it comes and make sure we do our job without getting carried away. I think it’s best to stay away from looking at the league table, we just need to focus on our performances and picking up results.

“There is a lot of confidence in the dressing room at the moment but, like I said, we won’t get carried away. We need to keep doing the basics well and take each game as it comes, it’s not going to be easy, as we saw today. We just need to make sure we stick to our jobs. The main thing is to make sure we give our all in every game we play.

“We’re all looking forward to the Morecambe game because we know how many fans we’ll take down there. It’s always good to play in front of that kind of support, but we know it will be another tough game.

"Morecambe are a good team who will be doing everything they can to get the three points, just the same as we will be. I’m sure it’ll be a good game and hopefully we can come away with another win.”


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