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Dan Udoh previews Town's game against Carlisle

9 August 2022

Dan Udoh spoke to the press ahead of today's Carabao Cup match with Carlisle United.

The striker returned from an ankle injury to make his first appearance of the season against Accrington Stanley last weekend.
The injury had led to Udoh playing sparingly in pre-season and caused him to miss Town's season opener away at Morecambe in late July.
Udoh discussed his cameo against Accrington, his recovery, today's fixture and last season's FA Cup game with Carlisle.
On his first game back from injury:
"On a personal level it was good to be back. Obviously, I’ve had an ankle injury that’s been hard to put my finger on.
"But now it’s done and sorted it was good to get that 20 minutes – to get out there, test it and see if it would flare up or anything. But it didn’t.
"As a team I don’t think we deserved to lose [against Accrington Stanley]. We shouldn’t have lost that game. Situations happen and we couldn’t see it out which was unfortunate for the boys. But that's the game we are in."
On his recovery:
"I had a few scans. But I can’t complain, the gaffer and the physio, they have all done what they needed to do for me.
"As long as I’m back playing football that is all that matters."
On the upcoming game:
"The initial thoughts from me and the team are that we want to win the game. We haven’t won yet this season, I know we have only played two games but you don’t want to get caught in a rut where you are not winning games and not scoring goals.
"For me personally, it is a game against a tough opponent – like we found out last year in the FA Cup – it’s another game where we have to go out and give it our all."
On the lessons he learnt from last season's FA Cup match against Carlisle:
"[I learnt] that Carlisle is a far place to go! They are a tough team. I know they play a level below, but that doesn’t matter. You have to show them respect.
"As soon as we get on the pitch, as soon as we cross the line, it’s me versus you, 11 v 11 and the best team is going to win the game and go through.
"We have to apply ourselves right, do the business and win the game."


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