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Harry Pell's Interview with Tom the Work Experience Student

7 April 2017

On Morecambe, Wycombe and the Future

15 year-old Tom Wolstencroft has been on work experience in the media department all week from Cleeve school, starting on Saturday for the Morecambe match. Tom has taken part in a variety of activities, including filming and editing videos for Robins TV. This morning he sat down for his first official interview, choosing Harry Pell as his subject. Read the full interview below.

I interviewed Harry Pell ahead of Saturday's game Wycombe, discussing how he and his team have been preparing for the game and looking back on how he thinks they played in their 3-1 win over Morecambe on Saturday. Harry also spoke openly and honestly about his thoughts on the rest of the season and next. Read the full transcript from my interview here:

Tom: Looking back on that good win on Saturday, what do you think made the difference? 

Harry: We were on the front foot for the majority of the game, we stuck to the game plan and we put away our chances and there was great team energy. 

It was nice to see the fans cheering you on, what difference does that make? 

They have been great all season; it’s been tough supporting us at times. As a team we know they will always support us. On Saturday, the fans, the management, the players, everybody knew what an important game it was and they did their part as we did our part. 

What impact has the win had on team morale? 

The team morale has always been good around this place anyway, but obviously on the back of four defeats something needed to change and winning a game, it brings confidence and a team energy. The whole place has been good and energetic. 

How has training gone this week?

It’s been good, we are just trying to get that focus we had last week, and looking forward to the game on Saturday, we have to take on a lot of information but I’m sure that come Saturday we’ll be 100% prepared for the game and then it is passed over to us to do the job. 

What are your thoughts about the match on Saturday? 

I thought it was a thoroughly good performance, everyone was happy with it, the gaffer was happy with it and there was a clear understanding of the tactics that we were playing and I thought it was brilliant because we won and we needed the three points. 

Who do you need to watch out for in the Wycombe team on Saturday?

My mate Bayo Akinfenwa, a lot of their play goes through him so if we can stop the forward pass into Bayo, I think that will be really important because he is instrumental for what they do. 

What are your thoughts on the rest of the season? 

Honestly, I just want want the season to be over and done with and draw a line under it with Cheltenham cementing our league status. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster this season with not that many highs as last season but we’ve got six games left to cement our place in the football league, and I’ve just been looking forward to drawing a line under it and looking forward to having some time off and coming back next season to prepare for what is going to be another difficult season.

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