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INTERVIEW: We're not patting each other on the back

Callum Guy with weekend match reaction

7 September 2020

Midfielder Callum Guy made his first start of the season for the Blues at Boundary Park on Saturday having missed out on the Fleetwood Trophy game through a one-match suspension, picked up last November when Blackpool played Scunthorpe in the same competition.

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Having signed for the Blues on an 18-month deal in January, he suffered a frustrating knee injury just one month later, which kept him out of action into the lockdown with three appearances for his new club to his name.

Speaking just after full time at the weekend, he said: “Losing 3-0 is not a good day at the office and now we’ve got to work hard in training for the next week to put it right for the first league game of the season.

“We know we can do much better than that, and what we did against Oldham isn’t good enough. Going a goal behind is never good but our heads shouldn’t go down, we should still be fighting to get back into it.

“We started off quite well and we had a good structure behind the team, and we were doing everything the gaffer had asked us to do. It was such a soft goal to concede at the back post which is just really frustrating.

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“We needed to put that behind us and go and get the next goal rather than concede it. That second goal killed us a bit and it completely changed the team talk.”

“Like I’ve said, the two goals we conceded were really soft, so that obviously doesn’t set us up,” he continued. “After the start we had – we had them on the back foot, we were pressing really well, and to concede two goals like we did is frustrating, but you still have to go and keep fighting.

“We put in a better second half performance but in the end it wasn’t good enough. We’re looking to set standards higher than that and I know everyone in the changing room, including the staff, will make sure we do put it right.

“As a group we need to go over everything, positive or negative, and make sure we put the things right that aren’t going well at the moment. There’s always room for improvement so we’ll talk about it and then start working towards Cambridge.

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“The dressing room isn’t a nice place to be, we’re not patting each other on the back. We know what we need to do. We need to put it right. There’s no room in football for poor performances.

“All of the lads are one hundred percent honest and if a mistake is made they hold their hand up. Everyone is hard working and dedicated and we’ll all be doing our very best to sort it out.”

On his first appearance since the February home game against Cheltenham, he said: “It’s been frustrating because it’s been a while for me with the injury. It was really tough, with being injured and in the lockdown, it was down to me to get myself back fit.

“I’ve had to work really hard to get back, then get into the team, and it was nice to get 90 minutes and good to get back into the thick of it, but it puts a downer on it with the performance we put in, so that’s the main focus at the minute.

“How I performed as an individual doesn’t really register, it’s about the team. We lost a game and I don’t think anyone can hold their head high after this. We need to improve and with the games coming thick and fast you’ve always got the chance to put the last game behind you and get on with the next.

“We should have done that today with what happened against Fleetwood, but it didn’t pan out that way, so now we have to make sure we do that next Saturday.

“We’re going to work our socks off on the training pitch, with the staff behind us, and hopefully pick up three points against Cambridge. 

“It’s even more important now after the last two games, we’ve got to put things right on Saturday and we have to do everything to make sure we get those three points.”

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