Carl Alford talked to Yeovil Town Clubcall on Tuesday 15th January 2002 - 72 hours after the 3-1 win over Tiverton in the Third Round of the FA Umbro Trophy.
Clubcall: Carl Alford joins us now. Carl - a very good win at Tiverton, how did you feel on that?
Carl Alford: Yes, very pleasing because I think Tiverton quite fancied themselves, with it being a local derby and with them being at home. But we went there and did a professional job and I was very pleased with the result.
CC: Yes, it was a potential banana skin wasn't it?
CA: Yes, it was and it was a sell-out crowd, although we took quite a lot down there. But it was a good professional performance from the lads and I don't think the result was ever in doubt once we went 1-0 up.
CC: Let's talk about the goals - there were two from Adam Stansfield and I think he was quite pleased to score in that neck of the woods.
CA: Yes, apparently he lives in Tiverton. I don't really know the history, but I know he's got an affiliation with Tiverton and I think he was there at some stage. But I'm pleased for him - he scored two good goals and I'm just pleased I got on the sheet myself.
CC: Tell us about your goal.
CA: Funnily enough, I think it was Adam who put me through. The keeper came out and I just flicked it away and it made it 3-0.
CC: It was quite incredible to have an all-ticket game in the FA Trophy at this stage of the season.
CA: Yes, that's true. Normally you get the all-ticket games later on in the quarter and semi-final stages. It's great - the more atmosphere, the better for the players. The lads thrive on atmosphere and I think that showed on Saturday.
CC: So you're through now and you've drawn against Doncaster - one of your old clubs. So that's going to be very interesting.
CA: Yeah, that's right. They're probably not going to fancy playing us down at our place because they've only taken one point off us all season. We're in buoyant mood, and they've just lost their manager so things look positive from our point of view.
CC: What about yourself Carl? You've had seven or eight goals this season - how do you feel about that?
CA: I'm a bit disappointed to be honest. I keep hitting the woodwork! I think I've hit it about 13 or 14 times this season. If I could have taken half of them away and turned them into goals it would have been a very productive season. But I just need a bit of luck and then I think the goals will keep coming.
CC: What about in the Trophy - what's the best you've done over the years?
CA: I actually got to the final quite a few years ago with Witton Albion against Colchester. It would be nice to get to Villa Park and get a winners medal this time.
CC: And of course we mustn't forget that you are not badly placed in the league. If the top two slip up, Yeovil are there to really have a go.
CA: Yes, that's true. I think the league is the bread and butter. We need to keep carving out results and hopefully the Boston's and Dagenham's of this world will slip up and hopefully we can catch them at the death.
CC: Every club will have a sticky patch. Maybe Yeovil have had theirs but the top two haven't had theirs yet.
CA: Yes, fingers crossed. I think we've not lost in seven or eight games. I think we need to go on a run and I think we need to win something like ten or eleven or perhaps even more games now to be sure of winning the league and hopefully the other teams will slip up. But we've got them both to play at home so things are looking pretty good.
CC: Finally, it's Nuneaton at the weekend - good luck for that and I'm sure you'll be looking for the three points again.
CA: Yes, we've already beaten them once. We need to get another three points to keep the league form going and hopefully we can achieve that.
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