Stockley:I feel great and want to continue to play
AFC Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley has enjoyed another busy month.
August ended with his two goals and man of the match performance against Hereford, while in September he made three league appearances and featured for the reserves side.
Looking back over the past month, Stockley spoke to AFCB Vital
... You ended our last interview after the Notts County game by stating that our next three games were huge for the club.
Obviously the result at home against Chesterfield was not the best, but that was followed up with back to back away wins over Leyton Orient and Exeter. The side then unfortunately lost to Hartlepool, before collecting a good point away at Tranmere.
How have those away results changed the feeling around the squad? "The two away wins really helps, even the Tranmere draw will be ok, as this improves confidence around the team/squad.
"We know we have to go on regular point getting runs to try and get ourselves as high as possible as quickly as possible.
"Strangely playing away games takes some pressure off the team, though I personally prefer the home matches and you just seem to relax and play the game we know we can all play.
"If we play football we can beat most teams…we have got to be patient in games and continue to play the way we have been taught and brought up with here at Bournemouth. The Exeter game saw Josh Carmichael make his surprise debut for the club; could you tell us more about him? "I have known Josh for a few years now, he is a strong, very versatile player who has been rewarded for his commitment to the club over a long period of time. A very technically gifted player who knows how to play the game right. You came on for Fletch against Hartlepool and had a chance to score with a header in front of the North Stand which would have been your first football league goal, but it was well saved, the side lost but did the performance deserved a lot more? "The attempt wasn`t really well saved as I could not get enough power on the header to really trouble the keeper.
"The result was very disappointing as yet again I thought we were the better team. We have to try and keep to our beliefs on how to play Football and take our chances when presented…if this happens we will easily finish top half of the table." As well as being involved in the first team over the past month you have also played in two reserves games at Dean Court, the first against Torquay and the second against Cheltenham where you were forced off injured, how do you feel those game went for you personally and how is the injury? "They were needed games for me personally as no amount of training makes up for match/game play.
"I have started the season well in terms of no injuries, the knee was just an impact thing that soon went away over two days, so I am looking forward to more first team match time and more goal opportunities. When the loan window opened the club moved swiftly to sign Wesley Thomas on loan with a permanent move to follow in January.
How would you explain his general style of play, what options does he offer and how well has he fitted into the squad? "Wesley is a really good lad, quiet but he holds the ball up well and with his pace also he is a really good outlet for our defenders/midfielders to use..again playing Football the correct way. We`ve also signed Stephane Zubar and Jaime Peters, what are your thoughts on them? "Stephane has pace and strength, a really good addition to our team.
"Jaime simply replaces Feeney in terms of a right-sided pacey, and technically very good, player.
"Both will be beneficial and vital in the weeks and months ahead. This month you have also celebrated your 18th birthday, how did you and the squad celebrate? "Relatively low key and quiet really. Went out in Bournemouth with a few friends, some of the Bournemouth players did meet us out which was nice, and enjoyed a Chinese meal with my family….it was a nice weekend." How is it going with the personal trainer, any clear positives to discuss? "I continue to see Sean about once a week, my strength and pace has definitely improved which was the whole point in appointing him in addition to my team training.
"The sessions are intensive but the benefits I feel I am getting out of them are the small advantages I need and want for my football education and development to continue going in the right way. On Tuesday we return to Dean Court for the Football League Trophy, a competition which has now given you your first start and first goals, looking forward to it? "I hope to play a part, or even start Tuesday against Yeovil, as I feel great and want to continue to play matches as much as possible…and of course score goals!"
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