Labadie exclusive

Exiles captain Joss Labadie made his 10th appearance of the season in the 2-1 victory against Crawley Town at the Stadium.

That includes nine starts, with the substitute appearance coming at Southend, and Labadie also has a goal to his name already this season.

He netted the opener at Elland Road with a speculative 25-yard effort, meaning he has now scored four goals for the club since joining in July 2016.

Post-match, he spoke exclusively to iFollow Exiles about the Crawley Town win, the upcoming trip to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town and his hopes for the season.


On the Crawley Town victory…

“It was a really resilient performance from all of the boys.

“I think we did well, maybe started a bit sloppy, but managed to stay in the game.

“Mickey has scored two great goals today and it’s given us a well-deserved three points.

“Crawley did have some bright spells during the game. But listen, if we’re going to do anything this season, we’re going to have to come to places like Crawley and get results. Fortunately, we did just that today and I’m really proud of the boys.”


On the Exiles positive start to the season…

“We’ve started really well but the boys are not going to rest on their laurels. We are going to keep maintaining what we’re doing, work hard every day and hopefully we can stay in or around it come the end of the season.

“There’s a real feel-good factor around the place at the moment and hopefully we can push on now with this victory.”


On the forthcoming trip to Luton Town (The Hatters are level on 18 points with the Exiles and currently reside in 5th place) …

“It makes no difference to me or the boys whether they are up near the top or down near the bottom. We’re going to go into the game and go looking for the points.

“We’ll just be taking it as we would any other game, we’re going to work really hard during the week now so that we can go into the game full of confidence within ourselves and hopefully get another positive result.

“I’m not too sure of the recent history with Luton but I’m confident in this team and I believe that we can go up against anyone in the league and get three points, whether that’s home or away.”


Labadie missed the two games with Cheltenham Town and Morecambe this month after suffering a groin injury in the previous match against Wycombe Wanderers.

In his absence, the County captain was pleased with the performances of the players selected to fill the void.


On his injury lay-off…

“There’s competition for places all around the park and if someone misses out, is suspended or can’t play, then we’ve got adequate cover. That’s what you need if you are ever going to compete in League 2.

“No-one’s place is certain in this team and I think that is a good thing. We’ve got loads of players in loads of positions that can come in and do a job.

“That means we have to stay on our toes, whoever is selected and make sure that we do the business in every game this season.”


Labadie currently shares a house with some of his fellow Exiles, namely Robbie Willmott, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb and Lamar Reynolds.

And he says that helps the squad unite together.


On sharing a house with his team-mates…

“There’s a great team morale right through the boys. I live in a house with Jazzi, Robbie and Lamar so it’s great.

“But right through the club, we’ve got a good team spirit and I think everyone can see that it’s evident in our performances this year.”