Yeovil Town left-back Carl Dickinson spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after his side had lost 2-0 against Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday 23rd March 2019.
CS: Carl first of all, back in the side after a few games away. How did you find it today?
CD: Yes, I felt okay. A couple of rusty bits here and there, but I'm happy to be back playing first of all. It's been a bit of a frustrating four or so weeks. But yes, I'm delighted to be back out there. There a few bits that I could have done better, but at the end of the day we're talking about another defeat, so it's not ideal. I think at times we've shown glimpses of what we can do and what we're all about. On another day, Zokes missed that one late in the first half and in the second half we probably could have gone 2-1 up. We've just got to keep fighting. I know it's the same old thing that we keep saying, but that's the way it's got to be. We've got to keep fighting and if we show and do more of what you saw in glimpses today, then hopefully that will see us through.
CS: Francois Zoko has been a great goalscorer for this club. He's been the top goalscorer for three seasons before this one. The manager has just said in the dressing room that he's said sorry lads, I should have put one of those in today.
CD: Yes he did, and that's the type of man that you've got with Zokes. We were trying to tell him, it's not him - we're a team. Strikers are going to miss chances but it's about making sure that he's in the right place next week. Hopefully he's going to stick it away.
CS: The manager has said that the players fell below the standards in the last couple of games, and the last couple of defeats. It feels like you've set a marker down today. How important is it that you maintain these standards going into these upcoming games?
CD: To be honest, I think we've been doing it all week. The week's training was probably one of the best weeks that we'd done. So we felt quite confident going into today. It's just making sure that we keep trying to do the right things. Like you say, keep standards high, and making sure that we are doing the right things, day-in day-out. If we keep doing that and take that on, then hopefully we should be able to get three more points.
CS: The manager has focussed on the young players struggling to cope with the pressure. How important are players like you Carl? You've been there, seen it, done it. You know what this run-in is going to be like now.
CD: Yes we know it's going to be tough .... and apologies about my voice ...
CS: ... Just to say you've been struggling with a bad throat all week, I think?
CD: Yes, I've got a little bit of a bacterial thing, so don't get too close! It's tough but it's just about the older lads trying to make sure that the younger boys just relax, enjoy their football and work hard, and show what they do day-in, day-out in training, and just being a bit calmer, and making sure that they show the standards that the older boys set. Hopefully they can follow that, and we'll do it all together and have a happy end to the season.
CS: It's seven games left. Do you think it's looks like two from three? Notts County, Macclesfield and Yeovil with seven games? It's shaping up to be like that isn't it?
CD: I suppose you can look at it like that, but anything can happen. Anything can happen. We've just got to make sure we do more with the bits that we did today. Like I say, hopefully that should see us through.
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