Central defender Scott Guyett talked to the press following the 2-0 victory over Chester City on Saturday 19th February 2005.
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Qu: A win against one of your former clubs has always got to be a nice feeling.
SG: Yes, but it wasn't really about me today, it was about picking up three points. It was a massive game for us today, coming away from home. Our away results haven't been the best recently so it was a great result for us to come here, win 2-0 and not concede and it's going to be a good journey home. It's a tough place to come. Chester are a side that like to fight and we had to match them. It wasn't pretty but three points were the most important thing today.
Qu: Obviously a great day for yourself, coming back here for the first time, wasn't it?
SG: Yes, it was the first time I've come back and it went well. Obviously the result was right. But I've got a lot of good friends here, even though a lot of the players have now left. There's probably only three or four players that were here when I was there. But it's certainly been a good day for us here.
Qu: It was a battle, especially in the first half.
SG: Definitely, there were a few tackles flying in, which we expected. There is a bit of rivalry here, not in terms of where we are but in terms of where we were in the Conference, so we expected it to be a tough game.
Qu: It was also important to get the early goal.
SG: Yes, that's probably what we've been lacking in the last couple of weeks, where we seem to go one down. This week we got the early goal and it settled us down a bit, and soon after the first goal we got the penalty which made it even easier. It was just then a case of trying to keep a clean sheet.
Qu: The gaffer said that you'd set your sights in the second half to really just contain them, and to try and hit them on the break.
SG: Yes, it wasn't a pretty second half. We did have the wind against us so the onus is really on the team that's got the wind with them, and it proved to be like that in the second half. But I was pleased with the way we set out our stall, we didn't concede and it's been a good day.
Qu: There did seem to be a feeling that some of the lads were going down a little easily but that's not justified is it?
SG: I've heard this from a few clubs. Leyton Orient were one, and I don't know where they get it from. I don't think that we are a diving side. We like to get the ball down and we like to play. When we start to keep the ball, opposition supporters seem to get a bit agitated. But that's the way that we play and we're not going to change anything because we are top of the table.
Qu: The gaffer was saying that you'd worked a lot on your defensive shape this week and it's paid off hasn't it?
SG: Yes, the fellows have got together and we've agreed that we are not too happy with some of the goals that we are conceding at the moment. So at the beginning of the week we worked on setting out our stall and playing with two banks of four - four at the back and four in midfield and making it hard for sides to break us down. It worked today and I was pleased with the clean sheet.
Qu: Defensively there is room for a little bit of improvement. Obviously you are top of the league and that's great but the goals against column is a little more than you would like.
SG: Yes, definitely. As a centre-half myself, I'd rather win a game 1-0 than 4-1 personally. It's one of the areas that we do need to tighten up and we will be working on it in training. We are aware of it and if we do get promoted then we can't afford to ship goals the way we are shipping goals. We're just lucky in that when we go forward we're not too bad!
Qu: Colin Miles had to come off, but we were saying (in the press box) that you seemed to grow and seemed to take control.
SG: Yes, obviously there was a bit of responsibility upon me there, with Skivo out and Milesy coming off. Kevin Amankwaah had to come on and play on the left side which I'm not sure he's done too much. So I knew that when Kevin came on it was probably up to me, being the more experienced of the four, to get things nice and strong.
Qu: And a massive game on Tuesday against Scunthorpe.
SG: I said in an interview during the week that I don't think any game is bigger than any other game. This game today is not going to be any bigger than Tuesday night's game. Every game between now and the end of the season is going to be a cup final for us.
Qu: And of course you're still top of the league tonight which means you can look forward to Tuesday.
SG: Yes, it's a great feeling to come away from home, and get on the coach knowing that you've got a four or five hour journey ahead of you but knowing that you've got three points in the bag.
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