Yeovil Town midfielder and right-back Paul Terry spoke to the press immediately after the 5-2 victory over Mansfield Town on April 9th 2005.
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Qu: How important was todays win?
PT: It was very important, as we have been on a little bit of a bad run. We knew ourselves that we had to put it right and it doesnt matter what anyone is saying, we know whats required of us and we had to put that right today with a good win. We all had to dig in together, not as an eleven out there, but as a squad. We all had to dig in and get the result that we needed which we got in the end.
Qu: What was going through Paul Terrys brain at 2-1 down shortly after half time?
PT: If I score I will be level with my brother! No, I still felt very positive and I looked around and everyone else seemed positive. It showed as we got a goal back almost straight away and then we got the third one. So no-one dropped their heads which was very important at that time as it could have been easy to drop our heads and go under. But we didnt and it shows the spirit of the boys.
Qu: Michael Roses freekick seemed to spur the team on.
PT: We've all wanted Michael to score. He hasn't scored all season and we've been giving him a bit of stick about it. He said he wanted to get ten goals this season, so he's got nine to go and four games to do it in! I am pleased for him and pleased for the whole team.
Qu: A good backing from the fans here today. That must have played a valuable part in getting you through this spell?
PT: They have been good for the majority of this season. They got behind us today and gave us a lift when we needed it. When we went 2-1 down, I could still hear our fans singing and that always inspires you.
Qu: You are close to the finishing line and this win has put you back on top. That must give Southend and other promotion hopefuls an important message?
PT: I dont know really. We can only do what we have got to do and it doesnt matter what anyone else is doing. If we win our games we know that we are going to be there or thereabouts. There is a long way to go and we are going to take each game as it comes. I know it is an old cliche but that is what we are going to do and hopefully we will get the results, which will take the club up.
Qu: So who was the first player who asked for four days off training this week?
PT: Efe Sodje! He's been here two weeks, he's had a week of training, four days off and he wants another four days off - he must think it's a holiday camp at the minute! He has come in and has done very well for himself but it was important that we got the right result here today.
Qu: It clearly worked though. Did it give you a chance to get away for the pressure?
PT: Yeah definitely, we just went away and recharged the batteries. I personally forgot about football for a few days and cleared my mind and spent time with my family, which is what I needed. You need to get away from it sometimes. Good decision by the captain as he keeps telling me it was his idea to have four days off!
[Transcript by George Murray.]
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