Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt on Thursday 12th March 2015 as part of the build-up to Leyton Orient. Joe starts off by talking about his recent ankle injury.
JE: It's really frustrating (being out injured). I'm a terrible watcher and I just want to be out there and help the boys. It's a frustrating time because of the situation that we're in as you just want to do as much as you can. To just sit in the stands and watch is hard. But I'm hopefully getting back into it now.
DA: The injury was untimely as well in terms of the change of management.
JE: Yes exactly. Obviously the gaffer has come in and he's got a different way of playing and his own style of playing, and I've only had one-and-a-half games of that. So it's been frustrating for me and probably frustrating for him as well. Hopefully I can get back in and have the last ten games together, and hopefully we can put in a good little run.
DA: As captain, what has your role been during your injury? I guess you've still had quite an input here?
JE: Yes, I've still been amongst the boys all the time. Leading up to games I'm in the dressing room during the hour before and just before they go out and just encouraging them. The same as everyone else really in that we all want the best for the club and everyone here. So I've just been supporting them from behind the scenes, and doing all I can there, and obviously keeping the spirits high.
DA: I bet you were gutted to miss the Bristol City game during the week.
JE: Yes I was. It was not just that it was against Bristol City, but it was a massive game for us that we needed to maybe get something from. But we've got ten games now and we're fully focussed on these ten, and while it's still possible we'll always keep believing.
DA: I know you'll say that every game is a must-win, but this one in particular on this weekend is hard to label in any other way, isn't it?
JE: Yes, I think it's a perfect game for us really because it's in our hands. If we win it, we can either close the gap or go above them. So these next two games are massive for us, but it's exactly what we want at this stage. In playing the teams around us, if we come out on top it makes our life a lot easier. So I'm really looking forward to it and so are all the boys.
DA: You mention about having it in your own hands. How much is that a bonus to have your own destiny in your own hands that respect? That's got to be a good thing.
JE: Yes, that's what I was saying. We're happy that it is in our own hands and we are playing the teams around us. There is pressure on the games, but I think we'll hopefully thrive on that and take it to these two games - especially the next two anyway.
DA: It's a run of away games as well. Does that put extra pressure on you when you're away from home?
JE: It does, but I think we've performed quite well away from home this season. So I don't think it will change our mentality too much. We've got a strong group now, and a lot of people fighting for places, so hopefully we will go into these games full of confidence.
DA: The belief has been there and always will be, won't it?
JE: Yes it will be, and that comes from the management. They've been so positive since they've taken over. Like they keep saying every day, there is no point in going out and training if you don't believe in it. So all the boys are fully behind them, and fully behind the cause and what we're doing, and hopefully it pays off.
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