Yeovil Town midfielder Matthew Dolan spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset after the 3-2 defeat against Exeter City on Saturday 8th August 2015.
CS: Matty, a defeat today, but what positives can you take out of that?
MD: Obviously the fact that we scored two goals. Anyone watching the game would know we didn't start bright enough. The first half isn't a true reflection of the pre-season that we've had, and how good we've been. We showed great character to come back into the game, and we were really disappointed at the end to concede. It was just one pass over the top. But that's football - I think you've just got to take the positives, and I think many of the fans watching can take anything from the second half performance. The boys were working hard and they were grafting, and were creating chances. We had all the best chances. I think it's just a case of us just cancelling out that first half, and making that second half the full match performance.
CS: You converted a penalty at 2-2. Was that preordained that you would be the penalty taker?
MD: No, I want to add a few goals to my game this season, and I've taken penalties in the past. So I'm happy to get on the scoresheet, but I think that ultimately I'm disappointed not to get something from the game. Football is cruel, and the gaffer said that to us at the end. If we can cancel out the mistakes, and just be a solid unit, and a solid well-oiled machine, then we're going to be on fire in this league, I think.
CS: When you made it 2-2 and there was a long time to go in the game, did you think that Yeovil could actually go on and win at that point?
MD: Yes, obviously the momentum was with us. The gaffer said at half time to go out, to get that early goal and put a bit of pressure on them and then you don't know where you're going to go from there. Obviously we were really disappointed with the first half, but we've been through adversity a lot of times during pre-season but we've bounced back and we've shown character. To get two goals as quickly as we did, if there was going to be a third goal we thought it was only going to be ours. Unfortunately we were on the edge of a little bit of a sucker punch.
CS: You certainly got the first goal quickly, less than a minute into Harry Cornick's debut. How much did he impress you?
MD: Yes, I thought he was brilliant. He's only come in and trained a couple of times, but a couple of boys that I know that have played against him have said that he's an exciting young player. That's what the gaffer wants - hungry young players - he's obviously got his experienced ones. We're going to be fine this season - we're going to have a really exciting season, and we just can't wait to get that first win and get going.
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