Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak has said that the arrival of new goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips has made for an 'intense' experience as he's had to adjust to some of the techniques the new man uses. The former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers keeper replaced Sam Shulberg at the club last week, with his arrival currently badged as an 'interim appointment'.
That has led to Krysiak being involved in double training sessions during last week. Although it could be argued that is currently paying off given that the Pole picked up the Sponsors Man of the Match award following the 0-0 draw against Cheltenham Town on Saturday, as the Glovers were forced to adopt a significantly rearguard approach at Huish Park. Krysiak told BBC Somerset that he certainly welcomed the opportunity to be coached by someone who had made that many appearances, but admitted that it had been hard work:
"It's been intense. If I was to say eight out of ten, where ten is really difficult, then I would say that it is eight. But I would say that's a good thing because if you are mentally strong on the training ground then you can easily do 90 minutes, and still be mentally strong. Personally, his experience is amazing. Just coming in and explaining things, and how you can make some of the saves. He's just worked on some of the technique. Having someone like Steve, who has over 600 appearances is amazing. You can learn everything from him. To have someone like this will be vital."
Krysiak's season so far has been a rather up'n'down affair. Having conceded eight goals at Luton Town on the opening day of the season, he had a definite day to forget at Forest Green Rovers as two clear keeper errors contributed to the final two goals in the 4-3 defeat. However, he said he was pleased that manager Darren Way had not taken him out of the side after that game:
"The manager was really helpful. He understood that I'd had a really difficult pre-season, because of the injury. We had a chat, and he believed in me, and he explained that to me even after the mistakes. It is good to have someone who believes in you and will still play you every week."
Krysiak's main competition for his place is Jonny Maddison, who has yet to make a competitive appearance this season. Overall, Krysiak feels that having a fully fit squad of 21 players at present is helping the team keep their standards high, and suggests that despite their current 18th place that the club can still achieve something 'amazing' this season:
"If there was a lack of competition, then Yeovil's standards would have dropped. I think we've got a really good squad and a really hungry squad to win games, and it's amazing that this squad can produce something amazing this year. We just need to believe in ourselves and our performances and we will be fine."
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