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INTERVIEW: Credit has to go to the whole team

Jack Bonham on the Grimsby game and clean sheets

8 March 2018

We spoke to goalkeeper Jack Bonham ahead of training on Tuesday to get his thoughts on seven clean sheets in 13 games since the turn of the year.

“The number of clean sheets we’ve had since the start of the year has been really nice,” he said. “I set myself a target at the start of the season to get 10 before the new year and I didn’t quite get it, but since then they’ve been coming in thick and fast.

“I think credit has to go to the whole team. It isn’t just me, but everybody who is on the pitch. I’m obviously the last line of defence so if it does come through to me and I prevent a goal then that’s me playing my part in the clean sheet.

"The back four have really limited those opportunities for other teams so I’ve got to thank them for making sure I’m not very busy!

“In the Grimsby game the ball came through to their striker and initially I thought I was a bit too deep, so I knew I just had to stand up and make myself as big as possible. Thankfully my right arm came out of nowhere and managed to stop the ball."

“It’s obviously nice to be keeping clean sheets but I wouldn’t say my confidence has changed much," he told us. "The focus for me and for the rest of the lads is to push for the play-offs, so if we’re keeping clean sheets it gives the team a good platform to go on and win games and get as many points as possible.

“Dan [Watson] keeps pushing me even though we’re getting these clean sheets and I think that’s important. If people are giving you too much credit you might rest on your laurels a little bit, or not push on as much as we have been doing.

“In the dressing room we always knew if we put a run of wins together we wouldn’t be too far away and that’s what we’ve done. We need to keep the momentum on our side and there’s no reason why we can’t keep pushing and get into those play-off positions.

“We know the job isn’t finished until the start of May so we need to keep working until that point and keep doing everything we can to get into the play-offs." 

“I had a bit of a sticky patch earlier in the season when I got dropped but to have had such a big run of games in the team is fantastic," he admitted. "It’s nice that I’m playing well as well.

"I’ve just got to keep my form and my momentum going and hopefully that will help the team.

“The back four at the moment have played so many games between them and when you’ve got those sort of players in front of you it always helps you settle into the game and make good decisions.”

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