We caught up with midfielder, Dom Gape, ahead of tomorrow’s League One fixture against Rochdale AFC at Adams Park and how the team look to put the recent run of form to bed, writes Grace Scott.
Dom on reacting to last weekend’s loss on the road at the Stadium of Light:
"It’s a chance to put things right, I think. If you start any football game at any level the way we did for the first 20 minutes then you’ve got a very tough task to take anything out of it.
It was unfortunate, it was disappointing that on a massive stage against a massive team like Sunderland.
But we have done our meetings, we have looked back at it and hopefully we have put that to bed and can move on now against Rochdale on Saturday.”
Expressing the current mood in the camp after the tough Christmas period:
“It is a gentle reminder that we can’t take our foot off the gas, we have played against some really good teams over the past four or five days.
We are where we are in the table for a reason, we had a fantastic first half to the season but it was just a gentle reminder that if you’re not at the top of your game physically, mentally and tactically then it’s going to be hard to take points out of any game.”
On his return to the squad after recovery:
“It was a very frustrating Christmas period for me. The timing of my injury meant I missed a couple of weeks where I ended up missing a lot of games whereas if it had happened a couple of weeks earlier I might have only missed one, that was very frustrating but when you get injured and the boys are out there playing it is extra motivation to do all you can to try and get back."
Thought on this weekend’s visitors (Rochdale AFC):
“We need to work even harder than last time to put in place what we want to do.
The fans have been great with us over this little mini spell where we haven’t got quite the number of points that we wanted but I think it’s time that we step up to the plate and repay them for sticking with us.”
Looking ahead to the busy schedule of fixtures:
“It is a challenge that we all look forward to.
As a footballer, we have had periods in the season where we haven’t had a game and then we have had periods where we haven’t had any games and I think that if you ask everyone, they would much rather have it where there is loads of games.
Playing football is what we are paid to do and what we love doing so the more games, the better.”