Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after the 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town on Saturday 18th February 2017.
CS: Matty, a disappointing afternoon. Just how do you reflect on that?
MD: Yes obviously ultimately it wasn't good enough from us. I think we've done a lot with the gaffer and he's sent us out with a game plan and we haven't delivered it. That's us as players on the pitch - I think we just haven't delivered today and we can only say sorry and offer our condolences to the travelling fans, who gave us an unbelievable following. We were massively disappointed, and let's be honest we let them down. I think the only thing now is that we've got a little break now. We can get things right on the training pitch, and we go again, and we can get that all important win, which we've been lacking at the minute.
CS: It's fair to say that you carried out the game plan in the first half, in difficult conditions, but you more than matched Cheltenham in that first half. It was just in the second half that it went wrong.
MD: Yes, obviously we knew it was going to be a game of set plays. I think the pitch isn't great, but the pitch is the same for both teams, so that's no excuse. But we're disappointed with conceding from a set piece. From there, we're always in the game at 1-0. Obviously it's just a case of a set piece being the most disappointing thing, and that kind of changed the game. We've got to go and address that on the training pitch now, and we've got to make sure that we're ready to bounce back because we can't go in there and get our heads down and be disappointed and glum. Obviously we are disappointed, but we've got a game coming up against Notts County and we want to win that.
CS: You as players will look at the table. You see the team going the wrong way down the table. It's time to address that slide, isn't it?
MD: Yes, I think everyone is aware of that. We've looked at the last few games, and we've had the disappointent of conceding last minute goals. I think that if you don't concede them, you're probably looking at the other end of the table. We've got to address that as footballers now and we've got to step up to the plate and be counted, and stick that shirt on with pride and make sure we get three points for the club.
CS: You mention Notts County. There's every chance it will be similar to today. A better pitch, we hope, but another team down there, battling to get out of it.
MD: Exactly - we were in the same position last year, and I think every game is kind of a must-win for you. So everyone fancies themselves. Obviously it's the business end of the season now, and every game is winnable for any team. So we've got to make sure we go out there next Saturday, work hard on the training pitch all week, and make sure that we do a professional job, because there's no doubt that on our day we can beat anyone. So we've just got to make sure that we show that.
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