Aylesbury United News Story

The Curtis Interview

Wednesday 15 September 2004 - 12:00 am | Added by: luke to Club, First Team | No comments |

Paul Curtis has been speaking with Alistair MacLaren following United's rollercoaster last three games:

I see that Danny Gray is back at the club.

Yes he has signed for the us as he was not happy at Haywood United, although he is aware that a first team place cannot be guaranteed.

The last time we spoke you were telling me that you might be making a new signing in the next week or so, would that have been Danny Gray?

No, that is still on going but may not happen before this weekend.

And Meshach Cole has returned to Buckingham?

Yes Meshach has returned as he wanted a regular starting place in the team.

Ian Brumwell and Kofi Sintim both made their first appearances on the bench against Stamford. What can you tell us about them?

Both are from the Reserves, and have been called upon to bolster the squad. Ian Brumwell is a local lad who has been at the club for some time now.

With the FA Cup starting for us on Saturday, what are your thoughts of Cornard United?

It is very hard to know what to expect when you meet teams of this type - all of their players could be 6 foot 5 inches tall and they may have an awful pitch. Such circumstances could make it difficult for us.

Are there any injury worries ahead of Saturday's game?

Yes we are unfortunately on the verge of an injury crisis. Peter Smith has had two injuries in the last two weeks, followed by food poisoning, Kai Ridley has a groin problem, and we have three central defenders struggling, as well as Jay Gould. Because of the injury problems with our central defenders we may have to change our style of play on Saturday.

Looking back at the last three games, first starting with the Tiverton game, many have said that this was our best performance of the season to date, also which area did you consider that we were at our best?

I agree that it was a good performance against Tiverton. As we played well I would not try to single out any area as our best, after all when you give a good performance it normally means that every department is playing well.

Would you say that the Histon game was our worst performance of the season? Or maybe at Team Bath?

The performance against Histon was equal to the performance against Halesowen, both were very poor. At Histon we never really got in the game and got what we deserved. At Team Bath are finishing was very poor.

Was that the only problem last Saturday?

We missed a lot of chances due to our poor finishing, and we did not play well on the day. Had we taken some of the missed chances we could have won the game though.

I was very disappointed with the attitude of some of the supporters who had travelled to the game. At one point we reduced their lead to 2-1 but some of the supporters showed a very bad attitude, instead of getting behind the team. It is at times like this that the players need the supporters behind them.

Also the team coach broke down which meant that we had to wait, for about 30 minutes, to be picked up by the supporter?s coach. Going back on the same coach after the game was not going to be too pleasant, in fact I did not travel back on the coach after being advised not to by one of the directors.

Because of the recent performances are you likely to make changes for Saturday?s game?

No, we have not got the squad to be able to make any changes, especially with the current injury situation. I also hope that we have no further injury problems when we meet for training tonight.

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