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Pre Bristol Rovers | Chey Dunkley

15 September 2023


Pre Bristol Rovers | Chey Dunkley

15 September 2023

Chey Dunkley chatted to the media ahead of our game against Bristol Rovers tomorrow.

Town face Joey Barton's side looking to make it three wins from our opening four matches at the Croud Meadow this season.

The match will be our first outing for 10 days after our fixture with Bolton was postponed over the international break.

Speaking to the press, Chey discussed what the players have been working on during their extended time on the training ground.

And Chey also talked about how honoured he is to our captain this season.

On what the squad has been working on during the international break: 

“Naturally we have worked on the opposition we are playing – Bristol Rovers. We have looked at their threats and where we can exploit them. 

“Within the 10 days, we have been getting our physical work in and we’ve also been holding meetings to see where we can get better as a team. 

“The gaffer and the staff recognise there are people who are visual learners and there are people who need to do it. 

“We have different ways of portraying the same message so everyone is in sync and knows what we are doing. 

“When we have our meetings, sometimes it’s actually us (the players) dissecting training sessions or previous performances. 

“We will look at the things we have done well and the things we have done better. 

“As well as the staff telling us what they want us to do, the medical team tell us what they want us to do as well – it all ties in.” 

On our start to the season: 

“We’ve had six league games, we have won three and lost three.  

“You’d say that is average in terms of the maths, but we are always striving to be better. 

“I think at this point in the season, I think we’re doing a bit better than we were last season. 

“I don’t want to keep talking about last season because it’s new players, a new staff and we are still growing as a team. 

“Things don’t just happen over night but there are a few things we have worked on and got better at and there are other things we still need to work on that is only going to come with time. 

“Where we are is about right for us. But we wouldn’t be professionals if we weren’t trying to get better. 

“We know we could have done better in certain games – 100 per cent. 

“But we can’t be too greedy. Arguably when we played against Fleetwood it wasn’t our best performance but we got the clean sheet and won. 

“Against Lincoln for the first 60/70 minutes we were brilliant but then we go and lose that game. 

“You can’t guarantee a result. Our aim is get good performances and if you get those good performances it puts you in a good position to get results.” 

On finding a greater consistency: 

“We don’t want to be a yo-yo team where we win, lose, win, lose. 

“We are trying to find that middle ground and get that consistency. 

“If you can win your home games and get a draw away, you are in a good place. 

“It’s not always going to be like that – you can go away and win as well. 

“But your bread and butter is being solid at home, you have to try and win your games there and if we can we will. 

“But to get that consistency, we have to really work on the training pitch and really get that information across. 

“There is a lot of information that is new to a lot of the lads. It’s just a case of everybody singing off the same hymn sheet. 

“It’s repetition, repetition. The more we keep doing what we are doing the more people are going to understand what the staff want. And that will lead to greater consistency.” 

On his role as captain: 

“It’s definitely an honour to be captain. 

“I like to think my leadership qualities were there before and I was always trying to support the previous captain, Luke Leahy, last season. 

“All the senior players like Flanno (Tom Flanagan), Benno (Elliott Bennett), we all chipped in when we needed to. 

“The role is different because I’m like the bridge between the gaffer, the coaching staff and the players. 

“But it’s definitely an honour and is something I take seriously. 

“There are other senior players though that could be captain in my eyes. It’s good to have one captain but it’s better to have 11. 

“We have got a lot of captains in there – it's not just me because I’m wearing the armband. 

“Flanno, Benno, Feens (Morgan Feeney) was a captain at Carlisle last season.  

“If we all strive for the same things then hopefully we will have a successful season.” image0qal.png

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