INTERVIEW: Jones: ‘The lads are ready to bounce back’

By Steve Sharman:

Player/coach Steve Jones says the team are ready to bounce back from the weekend’s defeat to Matlock which ended their eleven game unbeaten run in the league.

The Dabbers travel to the league’s bottom side North Ferriby this Saturday, and Jones says the players are chomping at the bit to get back to winning ways.

He said: “The defeat was very disappointing to say the least but the boys have done really well up to that point and even the best teams have an off day. That’s what I put it down to. We have had a lot of games recently and the boys looked mentally tired.

“But we learn from defeats, that’s what all good teams do and we go again. The boys were down as expected, no-one likes to lose at home especially a 4-1 but we have a chance to put it behind us on Saturday.

“Good teams bounce back, and we have no fear and be determined to make sure we get the win. The lads are chomping at the bit for Saturday that’s for sure. I know the Matlock defeat hurt everyone at the club and we have to make amends.”

The 42-year old scored his third goal of the season at the weekend taking him to 48 career goals for the Dabbers, and the former Northern Ireland man says he’s happy to keep contributing to the side.

“I’m enjoying football at the moment it’s always looked after me I love it and I’ll keep going till my legs pack in. Scoring goals is what I’ve always done and there is no better feeling than seeing that ball hit the back of the net.

“That’s why I’m still playing to be honest, if I feel I’m not contributing then there’s no point carrying on, as long as I’m still scoring or assisting then that’s great as long as the team wins.

“Hopefully there is more to come and I can hit the magic 50 goals for Nantwich.”

Despite defeat, the Dave Cooke’s side remain in second place and Jonah believes the club can have a successful season.

He said: “Who knows what we can achieve, we are in a good position in the league at the moment. We have better players than last year, more squad depth than last year, resilience and a togetherness to win games.

So I’m confident we can stay in the mix and hopefully who knows, watch this space!”

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