Yeovil Town captain Craig Alcock spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Richard Hoskin on November 22nd 2010 as part of the build-up to the Bournemouth game. Craig starts by talking about his return to the side after injury.
CA: I want to keep my place, but I want to do as well as possible, and hopefully return as captain eventually, and carry on as normal - to just stay in the team and do well.
RH: Ignoring the result, was it good to be back on Saturday?
CA: Yes, it was very good from a personal point of view. I've been out for a long time and it was nice to get back and involved. I think I've been out for so long that it is going to take me a couple of games to find my feet again, but on the other hand I was reasonably pleased with Saturday. It was nice to get back and I just want to push on and get better and better.
RH: How did the injury hold up?
CA: Yes, it was all right. Obviously it was nice to come back for an easy game! But no, it held up all right. There was a little bit of soreness, but it was good to get through it, to be fair.
RH: What was the feeling in the dressing room afterwards - that you deserved more?
CA: Yes, but it feels like we're saying that nearly every week at the moment, which is a bit of a problem. But no, I think we put in a good performance and at the end of the day, they are second in the League and we more than matched them.
RH: Does it give you confidence going into Bournemouth?
CA: Well it's going to be another tough game, because they're up there as well, so they definitely don't come any easier, at the minute. But yes, we've obviously got to gain confidence from our performance, but at the same time we need to stop conceding silly goals.
RH: Terry Skiverton, the manager, has said that you are working so hard at the moment to cut out the goals. Are you confident that we'll see the fruits of your labour soon?
CA: Yes, hopefully. It's got to happen sooner rather than later. Definitely all of the staff and the lads are putting in as much effort as possible. We're all trying to turn the corner, and hopefully it will start tomorrow.
RH: I don't want to worry you, but Bournemouth, along with Peterborough, have scored the most goals in League One this season. How do you cope with a team like that? Do you just have to play your own game and not worry about stats like that?
CA: (laughs) At the end of the day, it's a new challenge each time. Obviously we're not the same team they've been playing week-in, week-out, so hopefully with all the things that we have been working on, we can keep them to zero.
RH: And if you look at the League position, are you worried, or are you confident after performances like Charlton that you will get out of the relegation zone sooner rather than later?
CA: Yes, I think we've got to be confident about it, and we've got to remain confident at the end of the day. There's no point in us getting down in the dumps about it and feeling sorry for ourselves. We've got to keep working hard, and sooner or later hopefully all of the hard work will pay off and we'll start stringing a few results together.
RH: You've signed one of the fastest players in the Football League in Ivan Sproule. What's your first impression of him?
CA: Yes, it will be an interesting race between him and Smudger (Nathan Smith) I think. But yes, he's definitely quick.
RH: It says a lot about the club's ambitions in getting players like that into Huish Park, doesn't it?
CA: Yes, I think the gaffer has done well to get him in, and obviously that shows all the lads are good here and that people want to come here. Hopefully we can settle him in well and he can start and score tomorrow (Tuesday against Bournemouth).
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