AFC Fylde forward Danny Lloyd spoke to Media Officer Ben Yaffe following Saturday’s game against Solihull Moors and the forward is looking ahead to setting matters straight this evening against Hednesford Town.
Obviously not the result that everyone was looking for this afternoon. What went wrong?
We just didn’t really get going. Richie getting sent off early on wasn’t ideal and we struggled then on although we played better later into the game. Those things happen in football unfortunately and he’s got to pick himself up and make himself stronger. As a collective group, we’ve got to improve on Tuesday night and we’ll give it everything we’ve got. We need to pick ourselves up and start our season properly on Tuesday and then look forward to the rest of the season.
You came on as a first half substitute after Richie Allen was dismissed. How did you feel you performed during the game?
I knew it was going to be tough coming on with only nine other players instead of ten, and we all had to put a shift in to make up for it and work really hard. Collectively we played quite well despite not coming away with anything. We dominated the play in the early part of the second half for a while and had a few chances which we could have done better with including myself. I should have scored when I had the chance after Josh hit the post, I should have done better with that one but it just wasn’t meant to be. Those things happen and we’ve all got to go back and work on our game in preparation for future matches.
It must be disappointing not to take anything from the game, especially as Fylde are the bookies favourites to win the league this season. Is there any added pressure?
Whether we’re favourites or not, it doesn’t really matter, what matters is that we win games and today we haven’t so obviously we’re disappointed with that. Most certainly, I don’t like getting beat and I want to win every single game that I play in or the team plays in, and I can tell you now that all the lads in that dressing room feel the same way as I do. We’ll have to pick ourselves up and go again on Tuesday.
What has the gaffer said after the game? Do you think you’ve impressed him enough today to be in the starting eleven on Tuesday?
That’s between the lads and the manager really, but the general gist is that we’ve got to move on as a collective and that the first game of the season isn’t going to define a whole season. We’ve got plenty more games to go. It’s a long season and we’ll see what happens. It’s not up to me if I start the game on Tuesday but if Chally wants to put me in then that’s brilliant because I want to play as much as I can and show what I can do. I relish the challenge to start the game and hopefully we’ll get a positive result. The boss knows that I’ll always give 100% in every game and as far as I’m concerned, I know I’ve got a lot to offer and a lot to show.
Have you got any personal targets for the season?
The last two seasons here I’ve got twenty or more goals so another twenty or so goals this season would be great for me. Obviously the main aim for me and everyone else is that we go one better than last year and we try to win the league.
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