Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after the 2-0 defeat against Colchester United on Saturday 6th May 2017.
CS: It's the end of the season and it ends in defeat. The important thing though is that Yeovil Town are still in League Two for next season.
RD: Yes, I think that's a huge plus. It's obviously been a testing season. It's not been easy for everyone, but the boys have done really well I feel. We knew that coming into the season it wasn't going to be an easy one. So I think that everyone at the club can be proud of themselves.
CS: What was that game like to play in today, because the Colchester fans were reacting very loudly and very noisily to goals going in elsewhere. They were in the play-offs and then they were out of the play-offs. What was it like as an opposition player to play in a game like that?
RD: It was good to be fair. It was a bit of an atmosphere. In League Two sometimes the atmosphere is a little bit dull. So it was nice to play in front of 6,000 or 7,000. It made a bit of noise, and it made it a bit more exciting and a bit more of a good game to be involved in.
CS: Ultimately it's the clinical finishing and we spoke about it the whole season. Yeovil as a team haven't taken their chances when they've come along, and Colchester have done that today.
RD: Exactly. They possessed a different quality and that showed. At the end of the day we've got a lot of lads who have not played 30 games for other football clubs. So we've got to take the positives. Everyone is learning at the football club. Everyone is giving everything for the gaffer and have worked really hard. This football club has had to drop back down. They've invested really heavily in their youth set-up here, and it seems to be paying off.
CS: You're one of only three Yeovil Town players in contract for next season, so you know what's going on. How important is it that very quickly that the other players know what's going on, and the gaffer can start to get his squad for next season?
RD: Yes, I think that's no change really for Yeovil. It happens every year. It can't be nice for the manager being in that situation - as it isn't for players really. But I'm sure they'll get that sorted.
CS: Is it nice for you though to be heading into that third season with Yeovil, and you've had a relatively settled period after moving around at Crawley and quite a few other clubs?
RD: Yes, to be fair when the gaffer took over that season we had some good players there and it was very enjoyable. He's obviously an extremely positive man, and he's done well for this football club. This season it's been a bit testing at times. It's been a weaker squad, and players have got injured. It's just that balancing act. But it's a nice club to be at. So hopefully we can improve on this year, to be honest, during next year.
CS: For you as well, some well earned rest and a chance for your ankle to recover. I know you were managing it, and we saw you forced off in a couple of games towards the end of the season.
RD: Yes, it was one of those around that time when we were picking up injuries to experienced players. You pick up knocks as a footballer, and you aren't going to play at 100 percent in every game.
CS: And for you, as one of the experienced players, as captain, you've taken over since Darren Ward got injured. Is that a role that you relish in helping out the younger players?
RD: Yes, they're a good bunch of lads. At times there's a lot, but it's something that I've had to learn as well, and something that I've enjoyed, to be fair.
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