Yeovil Town goalkeeper Jed Steer spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt on Thursday 18th December 2014, as part of the build-up to the home match against Colchester United.
JS: Terry Skiverton said at the beginning of the week, leading up to the game on Saturday said that this could be the best week of our lives. Obviously we got a great result on Saturday away at Oldham, and then we got the win on Tuesday night (against Accrington Stanley). So now we need to finish the week off with another win against Colchester.
DA: And what's the mood like? Have you noticed a change? Everybody must be buzzing around the club.
JS: Yes, everyone's got a bit of a bounce on them, and the atmosphere is really good. But it's been a good atmosphere since I came here to be honest. All the lads have been upbeat and just knowing that we've got Man United to come, I'm sure the lads are buzzing.
DA: The manager has probably been telling you to keep that game out of your mind, hasn't he, and focus on the task in hand?
JS: Definitely - yes - that's gone. The biggest game now is Saturday. We can get out of the bottom four with a win on Saturday, and obviously Colchester are below us in the table at the moment, so Saturday is a massive game for us.
DA: Is it difficult to do that when you know that the Manchester United game is not that far away? Is it difficult for the players to not think about it?
JS: No I don't find it hard. As I've said, the biggest game is on Saturday and all the lads are focussing on Saturday's game. We did a little bit of a review of the game from Tuesday night and now that's gone. So now all of the focus is onto Saturday's game.
DA: That must have been just what you needed - that tonic really because you just sense it could kick-start your season with that win against Oldham and the win against Accrington. The opportunity is there now for you to move up the table.
JS: Yes obviously the Oldham game gave us massive confidence because they were absolutely flying, and obviously we went there and absolutely destroyed them in scoring four goals, and we could have scored more as well. We had two good clean sheets in the last two games, which is obviously great. So yes we're going into the game on Saturday with huge confidence and hopefully we can carry on.
DA: Do you feel more settled now as a goalkeeper with the back four in front of you? Is that something that you can get more adjusted to when you feel it being more settled?
JS: Yes, Steve (Arthurworrey), myself and Jordan Clarke all came in for the Chesterfield game. It seems then as if we all gelled straight away. We had all week leading up to the next game all working on the back five, and we all know how we play now. So yes it's all going well at the moment.
DA: You mention that Colchester are below you. It's too early to say that it's a must-win game, but certainly it's a game that you'll be looking to win.
JS: Definitely - they're below us, they're fighting for their lives as well, so we need to go out there like we have in the last two games and hopefully dominate and get three points.
DA: And a chance to get out of the relegation zone which would be nice to do before Christmas.
JS: Yes, that would be great. We've got a big month now over Christmas - we've got Colchester, then Bristol City and then Leyton Orient. So you just never know. Win those games and we'll get out of the bottom four and that could then really kick-start the season.
DA: The pressure is more on you in that Colchester can come here with nothing to lose in many ways.
JS: Yes - good, but we're playing with confidence now and we're going to go out there and give it our best shot and get those three points.
DA: Their goalkeeper had a spell at Yeovil before - do you know Sam Walker?
JS: I don't know Sam, but I've played against him a few times. So I've spoken to him during those few times. He's obviously a really good keeper, and he's a big old boy as well. Although we've got a few big 'uns as well which is good. Hopefully we'll keep our fingers crossed.
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