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INTERVIEW: There’s a lot of confidence in the squad

Adam Collin on the Cheltenham and Port Vale games

24 January 2019

Goalkeeper Adam Collin kept his eighth clean sheet of the season at Brunton Park on Saturday as United made it seven wins from their last eight games as they came up against Cheltenham.

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We caught up with the in-form keeper shortly after full-time to get his thoughts on the victory.

"Being a goalkeeper, you always want to keep clean sheets, so we were delighted with another one against Cheltenham,” he told us. “One of the first things we said when we got back in the dressing room at full time was that the clean sheet was so important, and it was a real team effort, because it meant we could go on and get the three points.

“We always go out with the aim of keeping a clean sheet and the gaffer has worked quite hard in his first few days in training in terms of making sure we’re nice and solid. To get the clean sheet is really pleasing for everybody.

“The changes in defence could have disrupted things a little bit after Lids [Gary Liddle] got injured on Friday, which obviously wasn’t ideal. Gaz [Miller] has come in and done really well and we all know Danny [Grainger] is at home at left back, so it was fine in the end."

“I think it was important to get a win after the defeat last week," he continued. "It also means the new manager has come in and got off to a great start.

"We all said after we lost last week that it was important to make sure we didn’t lose two on the bounce, so it’s good that we’ve been able to get another win and we can hopefully go on another run.

“We’ve got the momentum going again and we’re up to fourth now, so we’ll be going into the game against Port Vale full of confidence. I think we’re playing well, but we have been all season.

"I remember speaking when we went on that bad run at home, and I still think we played well in those games, we just couldn’t put the ball in the net. We’ve played well for the majority of the season and we’re getting our rewards now.

“The fans have been great in our recent home games, they can see the work we’re doing and the work we’re putting in, and I think they appreciate that."

With a change of manager and keeper coach just to keep things really interesting, he said: “They've both come in and made things really easy, to be honest.

"Craig arrived and got on with things straight away and the manager has done the same in the last few days. The gaffer made a few tweaks for the Cheltenham game but nothing major, and it’s just business as usual really.

“I think the new manager coming in does add an edge because everybody wants to impress. There wasn’t too much wrong, it’s not like we’re bottom of the league and the last manager has been sacked. We’re in a good position and I think there’s a lot of confidence in the squad.

“We only had two days of training with the gaffer before the Cheltenham game but I think everybody enjoyed it and was impressed with what he was trying to do. He hasn’t changed too much, but he has implemented a few ideas and the lads have all bought into it."

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Looking ahead to the final 17 games of the season, he said: “I think we need a few extra bodies in the squad to make sure we can see it through this season. We’re a close-knit dressing room so it is important we get the right players in, and I’m sure the gaffer will look to do that.

"With just 17 games left I think it will be a bit of a sprint finish.

“We’ll go to Port Vale full of confidence but we know anybody can beat anybody in this league. Every weekend there’s results that you wouldn’t predict, if you only based it on the league table.

"Port Vale have some decent players so Saturday will be a tough game. It’s a big pitch down there so hopefully we can exploit some gaps that they leave and come away with the three points.”

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