Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, after his side had drawn 1-1 against Port Vale on Saturday 13th January 2018.
CS: Francois well played today. Is there a frustration that you couldn't hang on for the win there?
FZ: Yes, we had a little bit of frustration because we played very well today. In the first half especially, but in the second half we were strong and we defended very well as a team, and were moving well. It was a kind of a bad call from the referee to give that penalty but this is football.
CS: Ten goals for the season and into double figures. You must be pleased.
FZ: Yes, I'm pleased but like I've said every time we can do better. But I take it, and I can move on to the next game, and try to do my best. But it's not bad - like I said I can always do better.
CS: Tell us about the goal, because it was a left-footed shot into the corner. The keeper went the wrong way. I just the impression knowing the way that you play, you perhaps looked in the opposite corner, and gave him the eyes a little bit there?
FZ: I just closed my eyes and shot! (laughs) No, I just focussed on his position. He was really tight on the post, so I tried to focus on the far post. I got a good contact on the ball and that is what happened.
CS: You were close to a second, both with yourself and Sam today. The keeper made some good saves, including one from Sam that he tipped onto the post.
FZ: Yes, we had some good chances, and Sam had a good chance to score. But he played well, and we showed up well against a strong team. This is a very strong team, and yet we still managed to get chances to score, and if we keep defending like we defended today, it is very positive for the future.
CS: And a strong performance from you today. With the progress in the cup competitions, and lots of games and lots going on. But it shows that the team is still completely focussed upon the league games.
FZ: Yes, we are focussed. A lot of the talk is not from the team or the the players - it's the fans and the people around the club. We know we are doing our job. We want to progress in every game and we're working hard in training. So our fans are happy, and they are excited, so we are pleased. It's good for us to go into the game and play because we know our fans are happy, and it's good positive vibes.
CS: You had to stand up strong in the face of some intimidation today, from the stands, the touchline, and they're a physical side.
FZ: A very physical side, but we managed them very well today. It's a young team with young players, and for some of the players it's the first time they've played here. They managed very well, and they did very well. The group is moving in the right direction, and we're looking forward to the second half of the season.
CS: You've always helped the young players, but now you're captain in the absence of James Bailey. Is that extra responsibility for you, to help these younger players?
FZ: Not really, because James is the captain, but I was doing the same thing, along with Smithy (Nathan Smith). It's not really one in the team. Smithy and James Bailey were there, along with Dicko (Ryan Dickson) and AK (Artur Krysiak). So everyone was giving their maximum to help the younger players. So it's not only me, to be honest.
CS: With the captain's armband, does it allow you to have a little bit more of a chat with the referee in games though?
FZ: Yes, I chatted with the referee, but I think he's not the type to speak on the goal. But this is football, and we have to deal with that. I think today it was a good performance from everyone.
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