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INTERVIEW: I've never been involved in a game like that

Jamie Devitt on the dramatic Wycombe game and scoring goals

6 February 2018

We spoke to midfielder Jamie Devitt ahead of training today [Tuesday] to get his thoughts on the Wycombe game and on his current run of scoring goals which has taken his personal tally to six for the season.

“Games like Saturday don’t happen often,” he said. “I’ve been on the other end of it where we’ve been 2-0 down and ended up winning 3-2, but I’ve never been involved in a game like that.

"The lads are still hurting today, but we need to get on with it because we’ve got a lot of games coming up in the next couple of weeks. We’ve got two lots of Saturday-Tuesday games in the next two weeks and I think we need to win all four of them to get into those play-off places."

“I don’t think you can brush a game like that straight under the table," he continued."We need to look back on it and see where we could have done better. It’s also one of those freak things which will probably never happen again.

“The senior players will help pick everyone up and we need to make sure we’re ready for Saturday. We’ve got a good mix of younger and senior players so we’ll all get around each other. You can see there are a few who are down, but we need to move on as quickly as possible." 

On the emotional peaks and troughs experienced during the weekend fixture, he told us: “Once Danny [Grainger] put the penalty away at the start of the second half it felt like we were just going to keep on scoring, to be honest.

"It felt like a really easy game to play in during the second half and we could have gone on and scored four or five. If we’d won 3-2, we probably would have come off and said we could have put the game to bed a little bit more and got a couple more goals.

"Those two sucker punches at the end were really disappointing and hard to take, but all we can do now is look forward to Saturday." 

Devitt's second half header, which brought the Blues back to level pegging at Wycombe, was his second goal in consecutive outings and his sixth of what has been a good return so far this campaign.

“Personally, it’s been good to start hitting the back of the net," he said. "I would have given the goal away if we’d kept the three points on Saturday though.

"I still don’t know how I missed the chance just before I scored, so I was pleased I got into the right area again and put one away. When I got back onto the pitch after that miss the rest of the lads were just saying I would get another chance, and luckily I did.

"Brownie [James Brown] put a few brilliant balls in on Saturday and I’m glad I was there to put it right. When you miss a chance you want to make sure you’re in the right place to get the next one, so I’m glad I was." 

With Colchester next up at Brunton Park for United, he commented: “We’ll look back on the Wycombe game and take lessons from it, but the focus has to be on this weekend now," he said. "We need maximum points from our next four games really which will put us right back in the frame.

"There were some negatives about our home form a couple of months ago but we seem to have put it right. I know the performances haven’t been the best, and the goals haven’t been flowing, but we’ve been getting the points, which is the main thing. Hopefully it’s the same on Saturday.

“We’ve been getting clean sheets as well and we know with the players we have we will score goals. I think there'll be a game where we give someone a good battering and score four or five goals. Like I say, hopefully that starts on Saturday and we can build on it from there.”

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