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JONES: 'I Enjoy Games Like That'

25 March 2013

Goalkeeper reacts to a clean sheet, a point and talks about the togetherness of the defensive unit and how he relishes being up against it as a goalkeeper

Q: A point and a clean sheet in very difficult conditions. What was the mood in the dressing room after that?

A: We didn’t play our football as well as we can and as well as we have done in recent weeks. It’s always disappointing not to attack more and it’s fair to say they were on top. They were the better side in the first 45 minutes and we don’t want that. We want to be the ones on top.

We had a word at half time, we weren’t too happy with one or two performances. We changed that in the second half and we gave a better performance.

Q: It certainly didn't look easy out there with the conditions. How difficult did that make things?

A: Yeah it’s tough but all pitches this season, especially now towards the end of the season, have been like that. They adapted well to it and had more chances than us. We’ve got to learn to adapt and play the conditions ourselves.

Q: How big a positive was the clean sheet?

A: We go into every game trying to keep a clean sheet. The forwards didn’t do as well today as they have done in recent weeks so it was important for us to do our job at the back. We’ll continue to do that and hopefully Kevin [Lisbie] can keep scoring the goals up top for us.

Q: You made some very good saves throughout the match, particularly the one in the first half that you tipped onto the crossbar. How difficult is it for you to see it? How much time do you have to react to that, particularly in conditions such as these?

A: With a save like that it’s just reactions and how good they are. The one I tipped onto the bar, I saw it late and that’s why it probably looks a better or more dramatic save because I had to push it onto the crossbar as I saw it so late.

Personally I enjoy games like that where we’re under pressure. It’s just too bad we couldn’t add to that by taking the three points.

Q: The job of a goalkeeper is not just making saves, it’s about commanding your area and the communication, bar one incident, seemed excellent throughout between you and your defenders.

A: The back four and myself, as well as the other defenders when they come in, are really strong. We get on really well.  We get on really well as a team on and off the pitch. That helps communication which is key. We’ve got a lot of leaders in our squad and a lot of people who like to talk on the pitch, which is a bonus.

Q: With six games to go are you talking about the top six in the dressing room?

A: No we’re not talking about it really. We’re just playing every game as it comes and see where it takes us at the end of the season.

Q: Some people will be looking at the next two games over Easter, both against struggling sides and think that if Orient can take six points from them it could put you right in the mix for play offs. This is going to go right to the wire isn’t it?

A: Yeah it’s been a very tight league this season. We’ve got a game on Friday against Scunthorpe and we’ll be going there looking to take all three points and if we do then it’ll be great.  


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