Interview : Richard Hinds : 04/02/2012
Richard Hinds Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Defeat Against Sheffield Wednesday
Richard Hinds
Richard Hinds
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Yeovil Town centre-back Richard Hinds spoke to BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin after he had made his debut in the 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on February 4th 2012.

EH: Familiar surroundings, but an unfortunate result for your debut.

RH: It was an unfortunate result. I thought we played really well in the first half. I thought we were the better side. We definitely outclassed them. I heard in their changing room, they had a right going over from their manager (Gary Megson). As far as we were concerned, we were really pleased with the first half. We kept the ball well; we coped with their pressure - which they do - they put you under a lot of pressure as they bombard the box. I thought we should have had another goal; we should have been 2-0 up, and no-one would have complained about that.

EH: I guess they switched it around a little bit in the second half, to play a little bit more football?

RH: I don't know about that. They played their normal game where they had about 500 crosses and they bombarded our box. I don't think we helped ourselves; we didn't really keep the ball well enough in the second half. We didn't get out and get attacking them and we didn't create the chances we did in the first half. But based on the game today there's a lot of positives. There's some very good players in that changing room, and I'm sure we can ride up that table.

EH: When you look at the discrepancy in the division, with you at the wrong end and Sheffield Wednesday second. There wasn't really a lot to choose between the teams today.

RH: No, Sheffield Wednesday are a physical side, and that's why they're up there - they play to their strengths. You could see today - they bombard the box and they create pressure in their opponent's box, and eventually it's going to tell and they're going to get a goal. In the first half we combatted it by keeping possession and did really well. In the second half we didn't do so well. But there's still a lot of positives to take from the game. From what I've seen in the changing room they are a good bunch of lads. There's no reason why we can't rise up that table.

EH: For you, a quick turnaround, and not too much chance to get to know people. You must have been pretty happy with your own performance?

RH: Yes, it's always difficult going into a new side. You struggle with names to start with, and how people play; what they're good at and what their weaknesses are, and so it will take a bit of time. But hopefully we can put a run together and I can be a part of that.

EH: I suppose it's in a way nice that you're coming back to somewhere that you're so familiar with for your debut.

RH: It's a great first game, yes. I'm a Wednesday fan and so I love playing here. I loved being here for part of my career. I'm proud to say that I have played for Sheffield Wednesday, but we move on, and hopefully I can help Yeovil climb up the table.

EH: So you're here until the end of the season, and a real good opportunity to show what you're capable of.

RH: It's a fantastic club; great manager, great backroom staff and a great bunch of lads. So there's no reason why you can't be positive and see what happens at the end of the season.

EH: That must be very much your hope, because having left Lincoln, it's a great opportunity for you to get a couple of levels up straight away.

RH: Yes, I was getting frustrated with how things were going (after leaving Sheffield Wednesday and becoming a free agent), so I just decided that I would go to Lincoln and get some games, because I love just playing. Lincoln was great for me, as it was an opportunity to play ten games or so. Yes - great - I got my match fitness, and I'm here today.

EH: You've got another week now, so hopefully by the time you play next, you'll know all the players names!

RH: Yes, we've got two big games coming up, so yes, it's vital.

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