INTERVIEW: We knew the form would pick up again

We caught up with midfielder Mike Jones this week to get his thoughts on the Swindon game and on a personal club milestone which is now just one game away.

“It was a great victory at the weekend and it was probably what you’d call a perfect away performance,” he said. “We were under the cosh a little bit at the start of the game, without really giving away too many chances, but after we got the first goal we were clinical from there.

“We were solid and we picked them off on the break with some great finishes from the lads. We were disappointed to go out of the Checaktrade Trophy in midweek, but with the FA Cup win and the Newport win before that we’re on a nice little run.

“We earned our luck in the Swindon game and everything seemed to go right for us. We were solid at the back, and even when they had the ball we didn’t feel like they were breaking us down.

"I know 4-0 looks great when you see it afterwards, but it was a good all-round performance with a clean sheet and four good goals scored. Everyone went home happy."

“The season has been a little bit up and down so far, but even when we were losing games we were all saying there wasn’t a lot wrong in the performances," he added. "We were missing chances but it’s all about fine lines in football.

"At our level the team who scores first tends to win, and we obviously had the run at home without scoring, but we were actually playing pretty well in a lot of those games.

“Sometimes the performances get overlooked when you’re losing games, but we knew the form would pick up again. We’ve got a great set of lads and the staff have been brilliant, so for me I always knew we’d start picking up results again. We know we need to be more consistent now and get ourselves on a bit of a run."

Ahead of the Forest Green game at Brunton Park this weekend, he said: “Back-to-back home wins would be lovely on Saturday.

"It’s all about putting a bit of a run together now as we head into Christmas. There are a lot of games in a short period of time and you can find yourself right back up there if you do it right.

“With this league I don’t think you’re ever a million miles away from the top. It’s about the teams who just keep chipping away. Everyone will lose games, it’s just about trying not to lose two or three on the bounce.

"We had that bad run, but we’ve bounced back well and if we can put a good run together over Christmas then come January we’ll be right back up there."

And on the fact that his next appearance in a blue shirt will be number 100 for Carlisle United, he said: “I didn’t know I was anywhere near 100 appearances, so it’s nice to know that.

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being here and the fans have been brilliant with me since I arrived. I do get the sense they appreciate me and that's why I love it here. I always put everything into every game, so it’s a nice stat and hopefully there will be many more to come.

“Being honest, it's flown by. That first season does seem a long time ago, and this is my third season here now.

"There’s one main goal from it all and that’s to get promoted. I’ve always talked about how disappointed I was not to go up during that first season I had here. I want promotion for this football club more than anything, so we’ll see how we get on this time around.

"I’d take that over any appearance numbers any day. It’s still early to even begin thinking about contracts and things like that beyond this season because I just want to keep playing and winning games. Whatever happens after that happens, it all takes care of itself.”

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