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Pre Port Vale | Luke Leahy

16 September 2022

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Pre Port Vale | Luke Leahy

16 September 2022

Skipper Luke Leahy spoke to the media ahead of our League One clash at Port Vale.

Steve Cotterill's side travel to Vale Park looking to secure a third straight win following back-to-back victories over Forest Green Rovers and Exeter.

Tuesday's victory against the Grecians was particularly memorable with Town battling back from two goals down to win 3-2 - with Chey Dunkley scoring in stoppage-time to complete the fight-back.

Man of the match Tom Bayliss and Matt Pennington were also on target against Matt Taylor's side.

But while Leahy has been pleased with how the team has been playing recently, he still believes there is a lot more to come.

ON THE COME-BACK WIN OVER EXETER:

"It was big for us. It was nice to put that to bed and get the first home win of the season.
"We look good away from home as well so things are good at the minute.
"There is a feel-good factor around the place at the moment and that is shown in the games.
"The character we showed on Tuesday to come back and win that game shows the volume of having those sorts of players in the dressing room and how it can help bring results."
 
ON TOM BAYLISS: 
 
"We have been together for two or three months now and you are starting to see what Tom Bayliss can do, what we see in training every day.
"I thought on Tuesday he was magnificent, and hopefully, he can do that again on Saturday.
"Everyone is playing their part at the minute and we need that throughout the season."
 
ON DUNKLEY'S STOPPAGE TIME WINNER:
 
"I remember turning round and seeing all the bench out celebrating and then we were off with the fans.
"It just shows you what sort of spirit we have and what we are trying to build for this season because spirit in football is massive, as it showed on Tuesday night."
 
ON HAVING MOMENTUM:
 
"It is big, I said a couple of weeks ago these Saturday and Tuesday games are so big because if you lose on the weekend then you have the Tuesday night to put it right.
"We have won twice and now we are going again on Saturday and everyone is looking forward to it. We're raring to go and excited."
 
ON WELCOMING NEW RECRUITS ROB STREET, CHRISTIAN SAYDEE AND CARL WINCHESTER:
 
"The dressing room is full of leaders and full of people you can speak to.
"It is not necessarily about being captain it is about being a good person and introducing everyone and welcoming everyone.
"We have a lot of players that can do that. It is an easy dressing to fit into and they have fitted in really nicely.
"I text them when they signed to say welcome and added them to the group and all that. They have found their way quickly."
 
ON THE TABLE: 
 
"I look at it from the first game of the season.
"It's important to look at the table because you can see where you can reach and where you could possibly drop to as well.
"We are up there at the minute, it is the highest we have been since I've been at the club.
"I want to stay in that top half like all of us do so we will be doing our best on Saturday to make sure we climb higher than we are now.
"It is still early days in terms of saying playoffs and all that. But we just want to be as high as we can and we do not want to drop from where we are.
"We will always push to be higher. Come Saturday at five o'clock I want to be higher than where we are now."
 
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