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Belief is the key for captain Woody

Sponsor's man of the match analyses the battle to beat the drop

10 April 2022

Skipper Alex Woodyard is fired-up for our final four games and the battle to retain our League One status for next season.

“We’ve got to make sure now that we go to Crewe and put in another good performance,” said Woody after he claimed the sponsor’s man of the match award, following our 1-1 draw yesterday.

“Four games, plenty of points to play for. We went into Saturday four points off it and now we’re three. It’s a small, but another step in the right direction. I’m certain there’s belief, belief that we can get out of this. If you lose that then we’re in trouble, but we’ve got it in an abundance.

“We’ve got to take the positives. We’ve got to come in on Monday with the belief. The most important thing is that we’ve got that in the changing room to get ourselves out of this. The fans are with us.”

Somewhat surprisingly, Saturday’s low strike in the 19th minute from our captain was only the midfielder’s second goal for the club, his first came in last season’s successful fight to beat the drop against Oxford United almost a year ago.

“I’ve always said I’ll get goals that actually mean something!” said Woody. “It was a second ball from the edge of the box, and I just tried to get it on target and luckily it went in.

“It would have been unbelievable for the fans and for us to have got all three points. It was a good performance from every man.  It was a great first half. I thought for long periods of the second half we were in control, without having much of the ball. I felt that we controlled their possession, and we were comfortable."

Woody also felt that we’re adapting quickly to the methods introduced under the new regime of manager Mark Bowen and his assistant Eddie Niedzwiecki.

“It’s been good,” said Woody. “The boys have brought into the instructions they’ve given us. The performances have been good. We probably should have taken more points from the games since they’ve been involved in than we have, but it’s been good.

“We’ve had three tough games, having gone away to Sheffield Wednesday, and played Charlton at home as well as this game. We can argue that we’ve probably deserved a lot more points than we’ve taken, but we’ve got to take the positives from it.”

Pic: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images).

You can see the full interview with Alex Woodyard below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.

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