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Marc Roberts Post match interview:

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 5 May 2014
Posted in First Team

After today’s 3-0 win at home to Welling, Greg Taylor caught up with goalscorer Marc Roberts.

The Shaymen went into halftime at 0-0 after a frustrating first half against a Welling side that’s defence was standing firm.

“I don’t think we performed the best the first half really, we didn’t put them under enough pressure, although we were comfortable I thought. The gaffer made a few changes the second half and wanted us to go more attacking, but their back three or five got put under more pressure and it paid off in the end.”

Roberts opened the scoring and has now doubled his tally for the season scoring two in two, the centre half is proving a real threat from the corner kicks.

“I always feel like I can get on the end of things from set pieces and I did last year, I had a lot saved last year I didn’t really hit the back of the net. That’s something I want to add to my game this year, more goals, so I’m on the right track at the minute, so hopefully I can keep it going.”

Manager Neil Aspin introduced two substitutes Jamie Jackson and Richard Peniket at halftime and they made a huge difference.

“Everyone is the same in training really, as you see with Jamie, he’s got absolutely blistering pace, if he gets squared up one on one with someone he’ll take them on every day of the week. Rich is a big strong lad, a bit of another dimension, he’s got goals in his locker, if he gets games he can score goals for us.”

The gaffer’s words at halftime were crucial and they proved to be very affective as we saw a very different second half to the first.

“We were comfortable, I don’t think they were causing us many problems really, they had a bit of pace on the counter, he [the Manager] was just disappointed with us not putting their back three under enough pressure, they had a bit of time on the ball to look up and pick passes. I think that’s the main thing we changed at half time, they didn’t have as much time in the second half and I think we were more on the front foot.”

The Shaymen now find themselves sitting at the top of the Vanarama Conference with Forest Green Rovers the only other side to still have a 100% record this season. The real challenge now is to stay there and be in and amongst the promotion come the end of the season. Roberts believes that the squad are capable of staying but doesn’t want to get carried away with things this early on in the season.

“I don’t think you can say yet, its early one, we’ve only played three games, but you never know, you just take game by game. I mean last year we went on a few good runs and if you put wins together you do stay up there and we’ve got the squad to do it, even if you look at our bench this year, we’ve got some strong players on the bench, so I don’t see why not.”

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