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INTERVIEW: Confidence brings results and results bring confidence

Jamie Devitt on the Yeovil victory and on keeping the run going

1 March 2018

We spoke to midfielder Jamie Devitt on Tuesday morning to get his thoughts on the victories over Chesterfield, Barnet and Yeovil.

“It was massive for us to get three wins last week,” he said. “We talked about it before the Chesterfield game and we knew we needed maximum points from the three games. We got three good results which was important.

“I don’t think much football was actually played in the three games, with the pitches and the weather, but we’ve showed that we have that fighting spirit as well.

“We needed the wins, it’s given us all a big boost and we’re really looking forward to Saturday now and trying to keep this run going." 

On the levels of confidence in the dressing room at the moment, he said: “For me, confidence is a massive thing. If you have confidence it builds momentum and you get players playing better football and getting better results.

"Confidence brings results and results bring confidence. I think that’s the same in terms of how you feel as a team and how you feel personally. On a personal level, if you’re going into a game with confidence you’re going to want the ball more and try different things that you maybe wouldn’t try if you weren’t confident.

"I’m full of confidence at the moment and I’m really enjoying my football. I’m going onto the pitch thinking I’m going to score which is weird really because earlier in the season I wasn’t. In every game I’m going out and thinking I’ll get a goal." 

“On Saturday at Yeovil I probably should have scored two - if Richie [Bennett] passed one of them and I didn’t bobble it over the bar for the second one," he commented. "I was more annoyed about the second one because I tried to roll it across goal for Cole [Stockton], so it’s frustrating.

“Mike Jones played a brilliant ball to me, it was inch-perfect because their lad just couldn’t get there. My touch took me straight into the box and I saw Cole to my left and all I needed to do was roll it across to him.

"I’m not sure if it did take a bobble, but I’ll obviously say it did! I think I just overstretched, I think I might have been in two minds, but I did try and pass it because I apologised to Cole straight after. It was just a terrible pass." 

“I think eight goals is my best ever return in terms of goals-to-game ratios, so I’m pleased with that," he told us. "I’m happy with the way I’m playing at the moment and we’re getting the results to go with it, which is even better.

“The gaffer knows I was frustrated when I wasn’t playing but I just worked harder. That showed when I did get my chance because I was fit and ready. I think I’ve taken my chance when I’ve been given it and I think the gaffer thinks I’ve taken it, because I’m still in the team."

Looking ahead to the weekend, he told us: “The only aim for us at the moment is to make it four wins in a row in front of our home fans.

"It doesn’t matter how we do it, but we have to make it four. It isn’t about doing our best, I think we have to do it.

“It would be really nice to do it in front of our home fans and I think everyone will be excited for the game now. We’ll hopefully get a big crowd, and we might not be able to get the ball down and play as much as we’d like, because the pitch isn’t as good as it has been with the weather. If we get the three points at the end of the game I don’t think anyone minds."

We left his final word for the comment about the goal at Barnet, which he jokingly claimed was his on social media.

"It was definitely Ash Nadesan’s goal," he confirmed. "I was getting tweets and texts saying congratulations on another goal ... and I didn’t really say it wasn’t my goal to some of them.

"I was only having a bit of banter with Ash, and we talked straight after because I knew it was his.

"I think some people took it seriously and thought I was trying to claim it, but I wasn’t!”

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