Interview : James Bailey : 16/12/2017
James Bailey Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Mansfield Town
James Bailey
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Yeovil Town midfielder James Bailey spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset on Saturday 16th December 2017, after the 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town.

CS: James, well played. That was a hard-earned point today.

JB: Yes, it was a tough game. We knew it wouldn't be easy, as no game in League Two is easy. But with Mansfield, they've spent a bit this season and are expected to go up. But I think that all in all, it was a good point.

CS: In the first half, you probably should have scored. There were some good chances and you hit the crossbar as well.

JB: I think we had the best chances of the game, if I'm honest with you - the most clear-cut. Sam Surridge will probably be kicking himself because normally nine out of ten times, he would put that away.

CS: It was a tough physical game as well, with lots of challenges flying in, but that's something you relish, I guess.

JB: Yes, I don't mind getting stuck in, but like the gaffer says, every game in League Two is a battle. That's part of winning the game, because if you win the battle, then you've got half a chance. Every team is physical now and they've got big boys. We've just got to become accumstomed to that and battle back ourselves.

CS: Were you impressed with how Sam Surridge kept his composure in the second half under a lot of provocation? He got a yellow card but I think some of their senior players were trying to wind him up and get him sent off.

JB: Yes, they wound him up but a few of us pulled him and said keep your head down, don't do anything silly as we need you on the pitch. To be fair, all of the young lads do listen to us well, and that's a credit to all of them.

CS: Things haven't been the best this season. Hopefully this is a turning point, coming here to a promotion-chasing team and getting a point?

JB: Most definitely. Like I've said, the results don't look good for us, but we always believe in ourselves, no matter what. Whether the fans go against us, or the players, or whatever, we always believe in ourselves. We always stick together with the staff. I know it's easy saying it will come soon, it will come soon. But I genuinely see in the way we're reacting, working hard day-in, day-out on the training ground, then it will turn around.

CS: A clean sheet is what's got you the point today. A much better defensive display than in some away games as well.

JB: Yes, most definitely. I think we won most of our headers. Rose won a few, to be fair. But like I've said, it's a physical game now. We've got to become accustomed to that. Omar obviously wins his headers. Smithy was magnificent today in the air. Dicko won most of his headers and Tom James was good in the air. So if you've got your defenders doing that, then it's just down to the midfielders now to start winning a few of them, and then we'll be alright!

CS: Have you set the standard for away performances today, to come here to really battle hard to get a point. Is this the standard that you need to aim at with every away game now?

JB: Most definitely so. It's all about competing. We have to compete and earn the right to play. Before trying to play a fancy way, you have to battle, and win territory. If you're battling hard - I know it's easy saying it, but we do work hard with the staff off the pitch and on the pitch. We are relentless with our work, and it will come sooner or later.

CS: At the end as well, it was nice to go up to the travelling fans, to celebrate that hard earned point.

JB: Yes, of course. It's magnificent from them to come all the way here, on a cold Saturday night. So thanks to them.

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