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INTERVIEW: We can’t thank them enough

15 March 2024


INTERVIEW: We can’t thank them enough

15 March 2024

Josh Emmanuel speaks ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Shrewsbury Town.

“Good, positive, excited for it.

“It’s another challenge we’re looking to overcome, so yeah, we’re all looking forward to it.

“Most importantly, we’re focusing on ourselves and taking the lessons we learned from Tuesday and going there fully confident that we can get the three points.”

On Tuesday night, United fell to a 3-2 defeat against Barnsley.

“It was a tough game, obviously Barnsley are up there, but at the same time, I’ve seen in every game that I’ve played in since I’ve been at the club that we’ve never been out of a game.

“We’ve got a few hidings here and there, which happens to the best teams anyways.

"We were in the game from start to finish and it’s just the little mistakes that we need to tidy up on and just take confidence from anything we can moving forward and take the lessons into Saturday and put them into practice.

“The gaffer always instils in us to never give up and keep fighting and just take one game at a time.

“We’re aware of the league table which is disappointing and heartbreaking for all of us, but we keep going and we’re grateful that we’ve got great support that keeps going with us.”

Our midweek clash with Barnsley was Emmanuel’s first 90 minutes since returning from injury.

Speaking on his first full game back, he said: “It was good, thank god, I can only obviously thank god and the physio team Chris, Jake and Adam getting me back up to speed and obviously the gaffer putting his trust in me to let me get back on the pitch.

“Disappointing game but we move forward.”

Assessing his spell on the sidelines, Josh added: “It was frustrating to be honest, I’ve never had a muscle injury before.

“That was annoying to be out for so long and not be able to help the team and the lads, but I’m grateful to be back and that’s a small win I can take.

“Just need to ramp up the performances now and help the team as much as possible until the end of the season.”

In November, the defender signed a short-term deal until the end of the season.

“The lads welcomed me in like a brother.

“Like I say, I take it one game at a time and don’t look too far ahead, but at the same time, I’m obviously grateful for this club.

“I’m looking forward to the future of this club with the new owners, so we’ll see.”

At the time of writing, United will be backed by 473 supporters in Shropshire with tickets also available to purchase on matchday - cash only from the DMOS People Stand (Away End).

Speaking about our fans, Emmanuel said: “Honestly tremendous, like no fans I’ve ever seen to be fair, obviously we haven’t given them much joy on the pitch annoyingly, but the way they’ve stuck by us has been amazing.

“We can’t thank them enough and we’re looking forward to giving them something to cheer about on Saturday.”

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