experience. Has that stayed with you?
It was a miserable afternoon, as you can imagine, but the manager just told us: ‘Always remember this experience and don’t let it happen again’. You have to learn from it, even though it hurt at the time. It’s a great lesson and a harsh learning curve but all you can do is go out and try and win the next one. That’s what the players at this club have always done and that’s what we’re trying to do this season.
How frustrating was it that your start to the season was interrupted by injuries – particularly with opportunities there with other defenders out too…
I was tearing my hair out, it was so frustrating. I just wanted to be out there playing, but I couldn’t. You have to just accept that injuries are part of football though. Every player gets injuries and you need to be patient, recover and know that you can come back stronger. But it was frustrating that I got back from one injury and then on my first or second day back in training I did my knee. I thought I’d hit rock-bottom. It’s a horrible feeling being injured and watching the lads go out and play when you’re in the changing room knowing that you’re not a part of it all.
How did you remain positive – through your own mental strength or from the support around you?
It’s a bit of both. The medical staff here are brilliant and you just have to put the frustration out of your mind and believe that you’re going to come back and be stronger because of it. You have your ups and downs but it’s amazing how quickly your fortunes