Stockley: Next three games are huge
AFC Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley has had a busy start to the 2011/12 season.
The 17 year old has played for the Under 18's side, scoring twice and has made five appearances for the first team so far this season, scoring his first goals for the club against Hereford.
He caught up with AFCB Vital
after the Notts County game to talk through his memorable month. Over the summer there have been a number of changes around the club behind the scenes with a new revamped changing room and a whole team of backroom staff to assist Lee Bradbury, what have you made of the changes? "The changes have been excellent. The club has progressed on so that a professional 'back team of staff and facilities` can assist all players with those extra advantages that come with good support/advice and medical back-up.
'The changing rooms are great, individual areas for all players…its professional and thus makes you feel professional." Shortly before the start of the season the Football League announced the reduction of the match day squad, cutting the number of substitutes down from seven to five, what did you think of that decision? "I personally think it`s a ridiculous decision. The papers and Manager`s go on about bringing youth through the clubs, as well as English players, and then they go and reduce the number of subs and therefore reduce opportunities.
'It was great for me personally to be on the bench as it gives you a good insight into what goes on etc…and of course you get the odd 15 minutes or so to impress. " The League Cup still allows clubs to name seven substitutes and you were on the bench for the game against Dagenham.
You came on for Big Fletch for the final half an hour, hit the inside of the post with a header to set up Lyle Taylor for his first career goal and then beat two Dagenham defenders for the knock down to set him up for his second.
I`d imagine knowing what you are like you were probably frustrated that your header didn`t go in, but you must have been pleased with your performance? "I was pleased, and I was pleased for Lyle as well. Yes I thought it was in from the ball back to me by Liam but we won, I got one/two assists and overall was pleased with my contribution. " You did get on the scoresheet in a youth team game against Torquay though, with one in particular being rather special. Talk us through both of your goals. "The first goal started back in our own half with me being involved, the lads then interchanged several passes before a superb cross by Bradley was met by me for the first goal…far post header back to the other side. Always good to get an early goal as a Striker.
'The second of my goals was a dribble around/past four players before a left footed shot across the goal..I never want to be known as just a big guy upfront so that type of goal is always good to remind people of what I have.
'The youth team played good football, on the deck, with some very good individual performances…the future looks good for youngsters coming through. " With the seven substitutes available for the League Cup you were once again on the bench for the West Brom game.
You were introduced to the game with the result pretty much a foregone conclusion. What goes through your mind when you come on from the bench in that situation? "It`s just extra experience, especially against a Premiership outfit. You might get a chance so be ready otherwise just play well and see how you feel afterwards in regards to how you do against the so called 'bigger boys`…felt good. " You also played the final half an hour against Walsall.
Again the side were unfortunately behind and chasing the game. What did you personally take from that game? "It was a horrible game which we as a team did not perform well.
'I 'bagged` the experience again but I hope the whole performance by us was a 'blip` as it was not enjoyable.
'We need to roll our sleeves up and "bloody get in there" as my Dad would say. " On Tuesday you got your first goals for the club and were named man of the match, a big relief? "That was a relief and kept me buzzing all night and for the days ahead. I thought my overall performance was good, and the goals again was a reminder that if we play football the correct way then I can put them away with either feet…I do want a header next though. " It was recently announced that you`ve signed a new contract, how did it feel to sign your new deal? "Contracts do get altered all the time, I obviously had a contract in place which has been re-structured, and yes it does come with a higher weekly wage to help me live, but it also comes with an additional year for the club…so everyone happy.
'I will concentrate on my football and my development, money is required but is low down on priorities at the present time. " How did the Notts County game go for you personally? "Lee, Steve, the team and myself really thought we would go on to win it after Pugh had scored that great goal.
'It didn`t happen but looking at the game as a whole we matched them and easily could have come away with one, or three, points.
'Next three games are huge for the club, I hope that I can play a part and that I am celebrating my first league goal asap.
'We could be in a good/satisfactory position after these games…so need everyone behind us. "
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