Midfielder Callum Guy has been right at the heart of the good run of form the team has enjoyed over the course of the last two months but he insisted after Saturday’s game that it’s little consolation to have played well if the end result doesn’t match the performance.
“It was very frustrating that we didn’t get anything from the game,” he told us. “We kept going for the full 95 minutes, as we did in the last game, but unfortunately we didn’t come out of it with anything to show for it in the end.
“They’re a top side in the division and they’re up there with us at the moment. They played well but I think we still did enough to at least get a draw from the game, but that’s what we didn’t do.”
With the home side having pulled one back on the stroke of half time, he told us: “The goal obviously changes the team talk because instead of them being two goals ahead they were only one.
“It was very positive at half time because we knew we’d started the game ok. They had a bit of a spell where there were a few corners and throws that we didn’t deal with, and they scored from one of those.
“Their second goal was a penalty, so it didn’t feel like they had to do too much to get that lead. It was important that we got that goal before half time and it was a well-worked goal where Jon Mellish does what Jon Mellish does best.”
And the defeat brought an end to a very impressive five-game winning streak here at Brunton Park.
“We’ve been treating it as a fortress with the results we’ve been getting and we’d scored nine goals in the three games here before this game,” he commented. “Something didn’t quite click for us and that means we don’t have anything to show for the work we’ve done.
“We know we have to give 100% energy every game and hopefully our football will come out on top. It didn’t on Saturday, but I think we still played some nice stuff at times. We had a few half decent chances but we didn’t create as much as we have been doing lately.
“We know we’re a good team and we know we can bounce back straight away. We’re here on Tuesday in the cup and then it’s Crawley away where we’ll be looking to put in another good performance.”
The home side created a number of good opportunities, which has become a theme of recent games.
“We had a lot of corners and crosses into the box, but we didn’t quite manage to get the first contact,” he said. “We picked up second balls but our final pass wasn’t quite there, which it has been for a lot of the season.
“I think obviously it’s important for everyone to chip in with goals. Mellish has scored our last five which has got us results, but at times like today it would be nice for others of us to chip in.
“It wasn’t to be in the game and we'll look at what we can improve on for Tuesday and next Saturday. We’ll look at as many positives as we can, look at the negatives and what we need to improve on, but the lads put in 100 per cent, as we always do.
“Everyone is buying into what the gaffer is doing, you can see that out on the pitch each and every week. Even if we aren’t playing the best football you’ll see us all giving it everything.
“That’s important because the team spirit we have is superb. It’s a close-knit group and our performances this season have shown that.”
On his own performances, which have seen him pick up a number of man of the match awards, he told us: “It’s nice to get that, but the most important thing is the result. That will always be the case.
“It’s nice to get a run of games after the injury I had last season, it was important to make sure I was fit for the start of the season.
“It was a slow start but I’ve been put into a deeper role, I’m really enjoying it. With Joe Riley and Jon Mellish in front of me helping out loads I think it works really well.
“I’m enjoying the games coming thick and fast and that’s what you want as a footballer. You want to keep getting as many 90 minutes as you can. Hopefully we can keep pushing on.”
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