Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, just before kick-off against Newport County, on Saturday 30th March 2019. Yeovil went on to lose the match by a 1-3 scoreline.
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CS: Neale, the first game in charge. How much are you looking forward to this one?
NM: Brilliant. The weather is perfect today. The pitch is perfect. The lads are really motivated, and I'm looking forward to it.
CS: Already, and I'm speaking to you a couple of hours before kick-off, but there's a real buzz it seems at Huish Park today.
NM: Yes, coming in a lot of people said to me that they'd been watching the videos on Facebook, and how the guys have been really enjoying it. As I've said, the fans are really looking forward to the game today.
CS: Let's talk team news. You've made three changes. First of all Daniel Ojo comes in. You obviously like what you've seen of a young player there.
NM: Absolutely. He played one game against Cambridge and I'm totally confident that he's going to produce the same today.
CS: Sessi D'Almeida is back. I suppose he's only been out of the side because he's been suspended.
NM: That as well, but he wasn't top fit, so he's had two weeks to catch up, and I think he's ready to go.
CS: And Alex Fisher as well. What are you looking for from Alex today?
NM: Well he is our top goalscorer. I'm hoping that the negative thoughts that he had recently are out of his mind and that he's ready to go.
CS: What have you liked from what you've seen this week in training?
NM: Well we've trained four times this week. They've done a lot of running in terms of the games that they've been playing. There's been a lot of enjoyment, and hopefully the positive energy on the pitch and in the stands will help us to a win today.
CS: The weather is great for the fans, but have you and the players got to be aware of the conditions. Temperatures far higher, and the sun out. You wouldn't normally encounter this in a Football League game in March.
NM: Yes, but we trained yesterday afternoon. The temperatures are similar today, and I think it will help the players definitely.
CS: We'll see how you line-up when the team takes to the pitch. From the personnel it looks like it could be a 4-3-3. What are you looking for from the unit that goes out there today?
NM: I think they will be concentrating on themselves. If they play the football that they have done, in the four wins since January, and if they show the form they've been showing in training this week, I think we're going to win.
CS: You've very much focussed on your side. Has that been the message? You've obviously got to be aware of Newport's threats, but very much about what your team do today?
NM: Absolutely. The feedback from the team yesterday; we were going to do an analysis about Newport. They didn't want that. Maybe in the past it was a deterrent for them. So it was a really good idea and hopefully they'll take it on today.
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