Steve Collis speaks exclusively to George Murray and Martin Baker after the 2-1 home defeat to high-flying Brentford on March 7th 2006.
Qu: The gaffer remained upbeat in the press room despite the defeat - are the players the same?
SC: I think that you could see that by how many chances we created and by the way that we played tonight. Everyone is really positive and if we keep playing like that then I am sure that we will be fine.
I think that we were unlucky tonight. We had a few chances. On another day we might have come away with three points, if not, a point. Their keeper played pretty well tonight and kept them in it and they got three points from it. The second goal was a corner and he was unmarked at the back post. We spoke about that in the dressing room. We know that we need to defend better and hopefully we will put it right on Saturday.
Qu: Do you think that despite the defeat, you have got to look at the kind of football that Brentford have been playing - looking at the table now they are the second best team in this division?
SC: Brentford are where they are simply because they are a good team. They are well organised and know what they are doing. I think that they have proved in the league and in their FA Cup exploits that they are a good team. We can take heart that we have played a good game against them and were unlucky to have lost the game.
Qu: The defeat tonight makes the Swindon game even more important.
SC: Sure but they are all big games really. Every Saturday you concentrate on that game and getting those three points. Saturday is a massive game but so is every game.
Qu: You picked up a slight knock during the game and you are limping now.
SC: I think as I caught the ball I got a little knock and my calf just cramped up. I was in quite a bit of pain so we will have to see how that goes in the next couple of days. Hopefully I will be fine - it just needs ice and a bit of rest. Hopefully I will be back to training on Thursday. I have got a rest day tomorrow.
Qu: It must have been nice for you to have got back into the first team?
SC: Yeah obviously it was nice for me but the injury that happened to Chris was unfortunate. I am just looking to take my chance now really.
Qu: How close were you from coming on against Chesterfield on Saturday - Wealey looked like he needed to come off but Steve Thompson didnt want to use all three substitutions that early in the game?
SC: At one point I think the physio signalled that Chris was struggling and I was coming on. I got ready and thought that I was coming on and then Chris was alright. I nearly came on again in the last couple of minutes but Chris managed to stay on.
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Steve Collis after he made his comeback as part of the 2-1 defeat against Brentford