EXCLUSIVE | Matty Dolan

Matty Dolan has been a mainstay in the County midfield so far this season, missing just 15 minutes of league action thus far this campaign.

The 24-year old has also featured in eight of the nine games in all competitions so far this season, only sitting out the CheckaTrade Trophy encounter against Forest Green Rovers.

Post-match, he spoke exclusively to iFollow Exiles about the Wycombe game, the test that Cheltenham Town will provide in mid-week and how he has settled into the club since joining in the summer from Yeovil Town…


On the Wycombe game…

“I think it was a little disappointing second-half with the draw, I think we did enough first-half especially, created enough chances and obviously could have capitalised on it but we haven’t.

“They came out second-half and did well, you know what you’re going to get with Wycombe because they play very direct and try and get you into that.

“A clean-sheet is important, Joe has pulled off some unbelievable saves there to keep it at 0-0 but we had the chances and we’re obviously disappointed to not capitalise on them and put the game to bed.

“We’ve taken a point and we obviously move on to Tuesday now and make sure we get the three points and keep a positive run going.”


On facing Cheltenham Town in mid-week…

“Obviously we can’t look at where they are in the table.

“If anything, they’ll be wanting to kick-start their season on Tuesday against us so we’ve got to dust ourselves down now, make sure our legs are right and make sure Tuesday is a positive result.”


On a potential injury to Joss Labadie and the bond formed with his fellow midfielder…  

“We’ve had a great chemistry so far.

“I’ve obviously played against Joss and trust me it’s nicer to be on his side because he’s very good, very athletic and a combative midfielder. 

“He’s in great hands so I’m sure he’ll be back in no time, we’ll get him wrapped up in cotton-wool and make sure he’s alright.”


On the partnership forming between Padraig Amond and Frank Nouble…

“Frank did very well today, had his chances and in the first-half I think he tore the right-back apart.

“You don’t want to put too much hype on Frank, it’s ultimately a team-game and we need to not put too much pressure on Frank, we need to step up to the mark as players, chip in with a few goals ourselves and produce positive play for the team.

“Podge is in there every time and I think his goal scoring record speaks for itself, he’s a top striker. He never stops working and the goals will come, if he gets one then I have no doubt that in six months’ time we’ll be looking at 20 goals in Podge.

“We just need to keep on putting the balls into the box and then he’ll be scoring goals for us.


On the chemistry formed within the whole squad…

“The gaffer and Hats have created a great environment and it’s a pleasure to come into work these days.

“We had a massive day yesterday attending Kieran’s funeral which was incredible, obviously such a moving thing and disappointed that we couldn’t get the three points for him but it was a pleasure to be there.”


On competition for places…

“Everyone is fighting for a place, you can see the quality that we’ve got, Tozer is coming back, Reece Cole came off the bench and did a good job today and then you’ve got Benno - so you’ve got quality and competition for places everywhere.

“There’s no guaranteed spot in the team and that’s healthy and really good for us because competition will only make us go one way and that’s obviously at the top of the league.”